Friday night topic: What are your desktop PC’s specs?

We spend a lot of time reviewing and recommending parts to you guys, but we rarely get a chance to find out what parts you ultimately go with. We thought we’d change that today with a new Friday night topic. Our topic question is simple: what are the specs of your desktop PC(s)?

Here, I’ll kick things off with my own, somewhat decrepit desktop rig:

Processor: Core i5-750

Motherboard: Gigabyte P55-UD3R

Memory: 8GB Kingston DDR3-1333

Graphics: Asus Radeon HD 6870

Storage: 1x Crucial C300 256GB, 2x 320GB WD Caviar SE16 (RAID1), 2x 1TB WD Caviar Green (RAID1)

PSU: Corsair HX450

Case: Corsair 600T

Yeah, yeah, I know. I need to upgrade. The thing is, I use my much faster (and pretty much always up-to-date) GPU test rig to play games. My main desktop is essentially an Excel, Photoshop, text editing, and web browsing workhorse, so I don’t feel much of an upgrading itchβ€”especially with 8GB of RAM and an SSD under the hood.

What about you guys? Do you all have state-of-the-art gaming PCs, or are you laggards like me?

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    • Danmalore
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Ivy Bridge i7-3770
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16Gb DDR3 2x8GB
    Cooler: Stock Cooler
    Motherboard: Z77MA-G45 Micro-ATX
    Graphics: PNY GTX 670 2GB
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
    PSU: Corsair TX650M
    Case: SilverStone PS07 Precision Series Micro-ATX Tower Case
    OS: Win 8.1 Pro
    Monitor: HP Pavilion 27xi 27″

    • karz
    • 6 years ago

    Still behind Cyril’s PC and no upgrade plan yet:

    Processor: Core2 Q6700
    Cooler: Scythe Ninja
    Motherboard: Gigabyte P965 DS3
    Memory: 6GB Team DDR2-800
    Graphics: Radeon HD 6870
    Storage: 1TB WD Caviar Black
    PSU: FSP FX 700
    Case: Antec Lanboy (Old boy Aluminum w/ carrying straps, LOL)

    And my Jurassic but still fully functional PC;
    Processor: Athlon XP 2600+ (Barton)
    Motherboard: Foxconn K7S741
    Memory: 2GB Corsair DDR-4000
    Graphics: Radeon 9600 Pro AGP
    Storage: 1x WD 80GB IDE
    PSU: Seasonic SS-350FB Super Tornado
    Case: Cheapo Mid Tower case

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 6 years ago

    Come Christmas, it will be:

    Q6600 (replacing a Pentium D)
    4GB of memory (up from the original 2)
    OCZ Agility 3 120GB (replacing a dying 250GB HDD)
    1TB Samsung external hard drive
    XFX Radeon R7 260X
    Windows 8
    New power supply (haven’t picked one out yet)
    and the rest is the original Dell E520.

    This is mostly a gift for my mother, but the Radeon is a little something for myself. Seems like a solid deal at $130 plus two free games.

    • Mr Bill
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 3.2GHz, Memory Bus @ 1.6GHz
    Motherboard: MSI 790FX-GD70
    Memory: 8GB 4x2GB Corsair Platinum DDR3
    Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 7870
    Storage: 3 x Intel X25-M G2 80GB, 1x Samsung Series 830 128GB
    PSU: Antec Neo HE 550
    Case: In-Win IW-Q500A full tower ATX case
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
    Monitor: BenQ FP241VW 24″
    Keyboard: Logitech G710+
    Mouse: Logitech G400
    Sound: Asus Xonar DX
    Speakers: Altec Lansing ATP3, or Grado SR80 headphones
    Surge Protector: Back-UPS NS 1250
    OS: WinXP64

    • Evan
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel Xeon W3680
    Motherboard: ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer
    Memory: 24GB unbuffered ECC PC3-10600
    Graphics: Diamond Radeon HD 7970
    Storage: 1x Intel X-25 (Gen2) 160GB (soon to be replaced by a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO I already have), 4x 2TB WD Caviar Green in two RAID1 arrays (one RAID5 when I reinstall Windows in a few weeks)
    PSU: Seasonic Gold 750
    Case: SilverStone Fortress FT02
    Audio: Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
    Displays: 1x HP LP2480zx, 2x HP ZR2440w (all 24″ 1920×1200)

    • slaimus
    • 6 years ago

    My ancient box, but building a new 3570k replacement with the Black Friday deals soon.

    Athlon X2 3800+ Toledo 2.0@2.4Ghz (ThermalRight XP-90 w/92mm Panaflo)
    MSI K8N Neo2 (nForce3 Ultra)
    4x512MB PC3200 DDR (2x Crucial, 2x Mushkin)
    PNY GeForce 6800 AGP 128MB DDR (16 pipes unlocked w/NVStrap)
    SoundBlaster Live! Value (kX driver)
    Windows 7 Home 32-bit
    Cooler Master WaveMaster case
    Cooler Master RealPower 450W PSU

    Until a couple of months ago I was still getting driver updates on my video card! It runs Source and Unreal2 engine games with no problem.

    • The Wanderer
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-990X Extreme
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58
    Memory: 24GB Corsair DDR3-1333 (because the system won’t POST at 1600 for some reason)
    Graphics: VisionTek Radeon HD 6870
    Sound: Asus Xonar DX
    Storage: 2x Cruxial RealSSD C300 in RAID-1, 5x WD Black 2TB in RAID-5,
    PSU: Corsair Professional AX1200
    Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D

    Built as a variant of one of the Double-Stuff system-guide builds in early 2011. I need to upgrade that GPU at some point, and I’m not entirely happy with the heat output of the CPU, but overall it should last me a good long while.

    • Hallucin8
    • 6 years ago

    i7-920 @ 3.5 (stock voltage, didn’t stress it other then gaming)
    Asus Rampage II Extreme
    Corsair Vengance 24GB 6×4
    Intel 520 Series 240GB
    Asus 5870 with a triple slot Gelid Icy Cooler
    Scythe Kaze Master
    Corsair 600T
    Corsair HX850

    P8Z77-I Deluxe
    Crucial Ballistix 16GB
    Corsair CX500 (too loud, needs to go)
    Samsung 840 120GB
    A-Data SX120
    Zotac GeForce 560
    Fractal Node 304

    P8Z68-M Pro
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB
    Seasonic M12-II 430W
    Samsung F1 1TB
    Antec SLK3700AMB

    and a Tandy TRS80, among a bunch of other machines.

    • awakeningcry
    • 6 years ago

    Core 2 Duo E6750
    2GB DDR2-1066
    Radeon HD 4870 2GB
    Sandisk Extreme II 240GB
    Asus P5K-E/WIFI-AP
    Antec P182
    Dell U2412
    Crucial HX620

    Built circa nov 2007. May upgrade mid next year.

    • masterjaw
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD Phenom X4 955BE @ 3.6 Ghz
    Cooler: Deepcool Ice Blade Pro
    Motherboard: Asrock 890GX Extreme3
    Memory: 2x 4GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Palit GTX 560Ti Sonic
    Sound: Asus Xonar U1 + Sennheiser IE 80
    SSD: Crucial m4 128 MB
    HDD: 2TB WD Green, 2TB Seagate 7200.13
    PSU: Corsair HX620
    Case: Lancool PC-K62
    Monitor: LG 23″
    Keyboard: Ducky DK-1087
    Mouse: Corsair M60

    • Stickmansam
    • 6 years ago

    Soon to be built Rig

    Processor: Core i5-4670k or i7 4770k or Xeon E3-1230v3
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 GAMING
    Memory: 8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Powercolor Radeon HD 7950
    Storage: 1x Adata SP900 64GB, 1x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14
    PSU: Corsair CX600
    Case: Antec 302

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    Next Friday Night’s Topic: What is your history of owned CPUs?

    Here, I’ll kick things off with my own, someone decrepit history of the CPUs I’ve owned:

    1. NEC V20 (June 1991 to October 1992… hey this is my very first computer!)
    2. AMD Am386DX-40 (October 1992 to September 1994)
    3. AMD 486DX2-66 (September 1994 to June 1997)
    4. Intel Pentium 200 (June 1997 to Jun 1998)
    5. Cyrix 6x86MX-PR233 (June 1998 to July 1999)
    6. AMD K6-2/450 (July 1999 to Aug. 2000)
    7. AMD Athlon 800 “Thunderbird” (Aug. 2000 to Feb. 2004)
    8. Intel Pentium 4 2.8C (Feb. 2004 to Sept. 2007)
    9. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (Sept. 2007 to Dec. 2009)
    10. AMD Phenom II X3 720, 4th core unlocked to X4 925 (Dec. 2009 to Dec. 2012)
    11. AMD FX-8350 (Dec. 2012 to present)

    1. Acer Aspire 4520 (I think) with an AMD Turion X2 TL-58 (Dec. 2007 to Jan. 2012)
    2. Lenovo G470 with an Intel Core i5-2450M (Jan. 2012 to present)

    • ThorAxe
    • 6 years ago

    Gaming PC
    Processor: Core i7 3820
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Formula
    Memory: 16GB G.Skill DDR3-2400
    Graphics: Asus GTX 680 + MSI GTX 680
    Storage: Vector 256GB
    Storage: Vertex 4 240GB
    Storage: Intel 520 120GB
    Storage: 1TB WD Caviar Black
    PSU: Corsair AX1200 1200W
    Case: Coolermaster Cosmos II
    Display: 27″ Dell U2711

    Processor: Core i7 920
    Motherboard: P6T Deluxe V2
    Memory: 24GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics: GTX 570 + GTX 570
    Storage: Vertex 3 120GB
    Storage: Corsair Force 3 120GB
    PSU: Antec Signature 850W
    Case: Fractal Design Define R2

    Sony Vaio Pro 13.3″ (1GB read PCI-e SSD)
    Dell Inspiron 15″
    Plus three other Desktop PCs around the house.

    • playboysmoov
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-3770K
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
    Memory: 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-1600
    Graphics: MSI Radeon HD 7970 Twin Frozr III
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
    Sound: HT|Omega Striker
    PSU: Corsair HX650
    Case: Corsair 600T

    Waiting on my SSD to arrive from one of the black friday deals and I will be set for the next 4 years or so.

    • BadSquishy
    • 6 years ago

    My gaming rig is also my primary desktop machine.

    Processor: Core i7-860
    Motherboard: Gigabyte P55-UD4P
    Memory: 4GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Radeon HD 5870
    Storage: 1x 1TB 7200RPM (OpenSUSE), 1x 1TB 7200RPM (Windows 7)
    PSU: FSA 700W Modular
    Case: NZXT Panzerbox

    • crsh1976
    • 6 years ago

    I know I’m late to the game, but here goes:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 3.4 GHz
    RAM: 8 GB Kingston DDR3-1600
    GPU: Radeon HD 5770 1 GB
    Storage: WD Black 640 GB SATA2 7200 rpm
    Case/mobo/PSU: Shuttle XPC SH67H3
    OS: Windows 7 SP1

    For the use this little machine gets nowadays, it’s more than plenty; however, since I do occasionally play a game or two, I’m really tempted to throw in a more recent video card (Radeon R7 260X or something midrange with a good price/performance ratio) and a SSD for extra oomph.

    • Ratfish
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Q9550@3.6
    Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro
    Memory: 8GB GSkill DDR2
    Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 660 (in transit :))
    Storage: 1x 256G Samsung 840 Pro connected
    PSU: Coolermaster 550W

    Was considering upgrading altogether recently until I dropped in the SSD, which made a world of difference. Doubled the ram for 60 bucks (and actually got win7 after years of XP!) and just got the vidya card on black friday for 150. Not even sure that the CPU is gonna be the bottleneck for what I do (mostly Diablo 3).

    • dethndestructn
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: i7-2700k
    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
    Memory: 16GB Mushkin DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Saphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition
    Storage: 2x Seagate 1TB Raid0; Intel 520series 180GB SSD; Some other 256GB SSD
    PSU: Seasonic X-1250
    Case: Cooler Master Haf X

    Phanteks 140mm CPU cooler – great cooler, definitely recommend.
    Triple monitor, great eyefinity

    • ET3D
    • 6 years ago

    Phenom II X6 1090T
    16GB DDR3
    128GB SSD, 2x500GB HDD, 320GB SDD, 1TB external HDD
    Radeon 5750

    • burntham77
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD A10-5700
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2
    Memory: Team 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600
    Graphics: MSI Cyclone 6850 1GB
    Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 480GB SSD
    PSU: Raidmax RX-630Z Smart Modular ATX Power Supply 630w
    Case: SilverStone Precision SST-PS07B
    Monitor: ASUS VN279Q Black 27″ 5ms HDMI Widescreen 1080p LED

    I use this as my gaming PC (I have another slower system for general use). I tend to build on a budget, so there isn’t anything spectacular here, except for the SSD. What I love about this system is that it runs cool and quiet. With a 65 watt CPU and a 230 watt GPU, it’s quite energy efficient.

    At 1080p, it can run almost any game (and I play a lot of them) at max graphics settings at 1080p. I even had it hooked to a 1440p monitor for a time, and even then everything still ran great. The only recent game that gives this system trouble is Metro: Last Light, and even then the game still looks beautiful.

    Sometimes I want to upgrade just for the fun of it, but I just haven’t run into any performance drop lately that warrants spending money. I like using an FM2 chip because it gives me the option of using Mini ITX motherboards, which in turn gives me some interesting case options down the road.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: Ivy Bridge i7 3770k
    RAM: 16 gb of DDR 3 Dual Channel memmory
    GPU: AMD 7950
    STORAGE: System: 250 Gb Samsung SSD
    STORAGE: Games: 1 Tb Western Digital Caviar Black
    STORAGE: Media: 1 Tb Western Digital Green
    PSU: Corsair 700 Watt Modular
    CASE: Corsair Mid Tower
    CPU HEAT SINK: Noctua 140 MM

    Tripple monitor Setup with center Dell 30″ and flanking Dell 24″ and Asus 24″
    Onkyo 7.1 Surround Sound System.
    Windows 8.1 OS w/ Creative Suite design premium 4, Solid works 2010, ACAD 2010, Office 2013.

    Honestly I love my computer. I’ve withdrawn from using it to re-purpose my time but in the near future I will spend more time with it. Its still great for pumping out spread sheets, watching movies, and web surfing even if I don’t game anymore.

    • deinabog
    • 6 years ago

    My rigs’ specs:

    CPU: Core i7 3770
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Premium
    Memory: 16GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer RAM w/Red LEDs (4 sticks)
    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 (4GB version)
    Storage: 2x Hitachi 4TB hard drives (with a 32GB SSD for Intel’s Rapid Start technology)
    Optical drive: LG 14x an 16x Blu-ray writers and a 24x DVD writer (for compatibility)
    PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 1,000 watt
    Case: Cooler Master HAF-XM and HAF 932

    • Saribro
    • 6 years ago

    Case: Fractal Design Define Mini
    PSU: Fractal Design Newton R3 600W
    Motherboard: Asrock H77 Pro4-M
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470
    Memory: 2x 8GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB + WD Green 3TB
    Input: Logitech M500 + Cherry Stream XT
    Speakers: Logitech S-220
    Display: 2x Dell Ultrasharp U2412M

    • crystall
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Xeon E3-1270v2 w/ Noctua NH-C12P SE14
    Motherboard: Asus P8C-WS
    Memory: 2x8GB Kingston DDR3 1600MHz ECC
    Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 6870 DD
    Storage: 1x Intel 320 300GB, 1x 320GB WD RE3, 1x 320GB WD Scorpio Black, 1x Plextor PX-891SA
    PSU: Seasonic X-460
    Case: Antec P280

    This is effectively my workstation setup and it does far more compiling than gaming hence the not-exactly-top-of-the-line graphics. On the upside it’s an extremely reliable machine, very quiet and very fast. I’ve got it hooked up to a small but really nice Eizo S1932 monitor and a couple of Behringer MS20 speakers via S/PDIF. Input comes via a Corsair Vengeance K-70 and a Razer Diamondback (the original model, not the 3G).

    • cosminmcm
    • 6 years ago

    CPU & Cooler: Core2 Quad Q9550 & Scythe Mugen 2
    MB: Asus P5W-DH Deluxe
    RAM: Kingston 8GB DDR2-800
    GPU: MSI Geforce 460GTX Cyclone
    Storage: Intel SSD X25-V, WD Caviar Blue 640GB, 2xSeagate Baracuda 2TB
    PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M600
    Case: Antec 902
    KB&Mouse: Corsair K90 & Razer DeathAdder + Razer Exactmat
    Monitors: Dell 2713HM & Samsung 2333HD

    • christos_thski
    • 6 years ago

    CPU : Core i5 3470, stock speed for the time being
    motherboard : Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H
    memory : Kingston 8GBs DDR3-1600
    gpu : Asus 7870 – 2GBs
    1,5TB Samsung HDD (a 5400rpm left over from an older pc)
    128GBs Crucial M4 SSD (this one ripped off the old pc, too)
    Corsair GS700 power supply (lots of annoying coil whine, I actually regret buying Corsair, this time)

    I’ve only recently disposed of my Core 2 Duo E4400, which I’ve had for almost 7 years now. I had upgraded it with the afformentioned SSD and it remained a great rig for everyday use (and with a 4890 Radeon, could even stand a bit of gaming) but it finally just started giving up the ghost, one component at a time. After changing 3-4 components, it actually made more sense simply to give up on the poor thing altogether..

    I’ve also assembled a desktop PC for my girlfriend past month and was simply amazed at the power you can get for 350 euros nowadays. Put a Haswell Pentium G3220, 4gigs of RAM, a reasonable SSD and you can get one hell of a machine for peanuts.

    One exception would be that of integrated graphics. I will never understand Intel’s logic of including the “higher tiers” of IGPs only with expensive CPUs.

    People who buy low-end CPUs are the ones most likely to utilize integrated graphics, not the other way around!

    • Jigar
    • 6 years ago

    CPU – Q6600 @ 3 GHZ (B1 version hot boy)
    Mobo – Gigabyte LGA 775 something something.
    Memory- Hynix 6GB DDR2 800
    Graphics – HD 7970 GHZ edition
    Audio card – Xtreme Music with Gigawork 550
    Storage – 1 TB Seagate (main drive) 2 TB Seagate (Storage) 256GB Seagate (Backup) – i need SSD πŸ™
    PSU – GX 550
    Case – Local

      • jihadjoe
      • 6 years ago

      [quote<]CPU - Q6600 @ 3 GHZ (B1 version hot boy) [/quote<] Internet high-five! I ran the same chip, at the same speed for the longest time (2008 until last month). Is that perchance cooled by a Hyper 212?

    • onepointsix
    • 6 years ago


    Processor: Core i7 2600k
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77M-Pro
    Memory: 16GB Mushkin DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 760
    Storage: 1x Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 128GB, 1x 2TB WD Green, 1x Seagate Barracuda
    PSU: Antec 620M HCG
    Case: Silverstone Temjin TJ08B

    HTPC/Steam Box

    Processor: Core i5 3570K
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77N-WFI
    Memory: 8GB Kingston DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 560ti
    Storage: 1x OCZ Agility 2 128GB, 2x 2TB WD Red
    PSU: Antec 520M HCG
    Case: Bitfenix Prodigy


    Macbook Air 11” (2011) Core i5 2467M, Toshiba 128GB SSD, 4GB DDR3 1333

    • jihadjoe
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]Processor:[/b<] Core i7-3820 @ 4.5 (105x43) [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] Gigabyte X79-UD7 [b<]Memory:[/b<] 16GB (4x4GB) G.Skill DDR3-1600 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Leadtek GeForce GTX670 [b<]Storage:[/b<] 1x Intel SSD 335 240GB, 4x Seagate SV35 3TB [b<]PSU:[/b<] CoolerMaster Silent Pro Modular 600 [b<]Case:[/b<] Lian Li PC-V1000

    • adamwzl
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel i7 3770k @ 4.7
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77 WS
    Memory: Gskill Ripjaw 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1866
    Graphics: 3x MSI GTX670
    Sound Card: ASUS DGX
    Storage: 2x Crucial c300 128GB (RAID 0), 2x 1TB WD Blue (RAID 0), 1x 2TB WD Green
    PSU: Xclio Stablepower Gold 1000w
    Case: Corsair Air 540
    Monitor: DELL U3011 & ASUS 24″ 1080p
    OS: Window 8.1 Pro x64
    Mouse: Logitech G400
    Keyboard: Corsair K70
    Speakers: 4.1 BIC Venturi’s & 10″ Dayton 100w Sub
    Headphones: Steelseries Siberia v2

    Cooling: Custom water loop. Koolance ERM 2K3U Copper, XSPC Raystorm CPU block, 3x XSPC 670 Reference blocks, 2x Koolance Multi GPU connector, 240mm and 280mm XSPC radiators, Corsair AF120 & AF140 fans, 4x Koolance Quick Disconnects, Primochill Advanced LRT UV Purple tubing 1/2″ ID 3/4″ OD. Various Bitspower 1/2″ barb fittings straight, 45 degree, and 90 degree.

    • nafhan
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 830
    Motherboard: ECS IC780M-A2
    Memory: 8GB Kingston DDR3-1333
    Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB
    Storage: 600GB + 2TB both WD

    • lilteap0t
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: E5-1650 V2 Xeon Six-Core Processor 3.5GHz 12MB LGA 2011
    RAM: 64GB Samsung DDR3-1600 ECC/REG (4 DIMMs)
    PSU: Seasonic X-850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
    Case: Antec P280 Super Mid Tower Case – Black
    Storage: 4 x Seagate ST2000DM001 2TB 7200RPM SATA3/SATA 6.0 GB/s 64MB Hard Drive (RAID 5, ReFS), 2 x Intel DC S3500 Series SSDSC2BB240G401 2.5 inch 240GB SATA3 (hardware RAID 0 striped)
    Graphics: 1 x PNY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5
    Monitor: 1 x HP ZR2740W Monitor (2560×1440 10bit IPS 27″)

    I think I can go without an upgrade for a while.

    • SkyWarrior
    • 6 years ago

    I ditched my PC and PS3 due to aging me and my 2 year old boy. Wife says I don’t have much time for plays anymore…

    Currently I stick with my mac mini late 2012 i7 2.3 ghz with 16gb ram Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB + 1TB HDD. Rest is not very important. Surprisingly enough for my current gaming needs (Anomaly, CS:GO, Mark of Ninja etc…)

    • Gort
    • 6 years ago

    Core i7-930 @ 4.2Ghz
    6 – 2GB Kingston DDR3 DIMMs
    Samsung SSD 840 PRO
    WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
    WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
    WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
    WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
    eVGA GeForce GTX 780
    DELL U3014 [Monitor]
    M-Audio Delta 1010LT
    Corsair Carbide 400R
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W

    • yogibbear
    • 6 years ago

    Core i7 4770K
    2x256GB Samsung 840 Pro
    2x1TB WD Caviar Black, + 1x2TB WD Caviar Black
    eVGA 770GTX SC + ACX cooler edition
    Asus Z87 Plus
    Corsair 16GB DDR3-2133
    650W semi-modular Corsair PSU
    Windows 7 64-bit
    Fractal Design R4
    2x Samsung 1080P monitors
    Sennheisser HD595’s

    • tomkaten
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: I5 2500
    HSF: Deepcool with custom 120 mm fan
    Motherboard: Gigabyte PH67A-UD3
    Memory: Kingston 8 GB DDR3 1600 (2X4)
    Graphics: MSI Gaming Radeon R9 270x
    Sound Card: Modded Creative X-Fi Music
    Storage: 2 X 1 TB WD (Blue and Green)
    PSU: Corsair 620HX
    Case: Cooltek Timaios
    Monitor: 24 inch Benq VA Led EW2420
    OS: Window 7 x64
    Mouse: Generic A4Tech
    Keyboard: Trust
    Speakers: Genius Stereo
    Headphones: Superlux HD 681

    It’s dead silent. Served me well for about 1,5 years, just upgraded the graphics and it’s as good as new πŸ™‚

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 6 years ago

    MSI 7850 2gb
    Asrock Extreme 4
    Samsung 840 256gb
    16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical
    Cooler Master 212 Evo
    Random 256gb mechanical drive
    Random DVD R drive
    Corsair Carbide 500R
    Rosewill Tachyon 550w 80 Plus Platinum
    Windows 7

    Logitech G13 and G600
    40 inch LED TV

    Love my build since its played everything I’ve thrown at it without a hitch.

    • PGleo86
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD A8 3850 @ 4.7GHz
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Gaia with 2 Thermaltake Thunderblade blue LED fans
    Motherboard: ASRock A55 Pro3
    Memory: 8GB Crucial DDR3-1333
    Graphics: HIS Radeon HD 6870
    Storage: 500GB Hitachi Deskstar (boot), 250GB Fujitsu drive from a 2008 MacBook Pro, 3TB Seagate Barracuda
    PSU: Antec NeoECO 620
    Case: Thermaltake v3 Black Edition
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64

    Mouse: Cyborg RAT9
    Keyboard: Ducky Shine 3 (tenkey) with white LED and Cherry MX Blues
    Speakers: Logitech x530 5.1

    I’d upgrade, but college means my aging laptop (Gateway MD2419U) is getting replaced with an Ivy Bridge i7 Asus Zenbook with a 256GB SSD… oh well πŸ˜›

    • sjl
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: quad core W3530 Xeon (2.8 GHz.)
    Memory: 48 GB.
    Video: ATI Radeon 5770 (1 GB.)
    HDD: 1×120 GB SSD; 3x3TB WD Greens.
    Display: U3011.
    Optical: 1xDVD burner; 1xBD reader.

    Been going strong since 2010; only RAM, the BD drive, and the HDDs for the upgrades to date. Not feeling the need to upgrade at this stage, since I don’t play many recent video games; if I do need to upgrade the GPU, it’ll be to a Radeon 7950, most likely (a virtual cookie if you can guess why.)

    • paulWTAMU
    • 6 years ago

    Athlon II X4 620
    4 gigs of DDR3
    460 GTX
    500 gig seagate hard drive
    ASUS mobo M4A77TD

    I kinda could use an upgrade but meh, so many other priorities right now.

    • jokinin
    • 6 years ago

    My june 2012 build :

    CPU : Intel Core i5 3550 (3.3 GHz/3.7 turbo speed), with VT-d and VT-x
    Motherboard : Gigabyte H77-D3H (Intel H77 chipset)
    Memory : 2×8 GB DDR3 1333 Kingston Value RAM
    Graphics : Sapphire Radeon HD7870 2GB GDDR5 GHz edition
    SSD : OCZ Vertex4 128GB
    HDD : Western Digital Green 2TB
    LG DVD burner + Samsung DVD reader
    Case : Cooler Master Sileo 500
    PSU : Tacens Radix VI 750W
    Monitor : Samsung SA300 24 inch.
    Keyboard : Logitech Deluxe 250
    Mouse : Logitech M500

    • heinsj24
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD FX 8120,
    MB: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3,
    RAM: 8 GB RAM – forgot the manufacturer, but it is 1.6V, 1866
    Video: PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB,
    Storage: OCZ RevoDrive2 110 GB, Samsung 830 256 GB SSD, WD 1TB Blue HDD,
    PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620,
    Case: Fractal Design R4 – white,
    Monitor: Apple Cinema 24 LED,

    • Dr66
    • 6 years ago

    Almost 2 year old rig built using this site as a reference :
    CPU: Core i7 2600k
    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
    Memory: 16GB Kingston HyperX 9CL
    Graphics: Asus Direct CU Geforce GTX 660Ti
    Storage: 1x OCZ Vector 3 120GB, 1x 1TB WD Black
    PSU: Antec High Current Pro 850W
    Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
    Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo

    Audio: Auzentech Bravura 7.1
    Headset: Corsair Vengeance 1300
    Displays: 27″ BenQ GL2750

    Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M60
    Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4

    • JAMF
    • 6 years ago

    I lagged behind with a 5870 for a long time, but that’s been cured:

    Processor: Core i5 3570k
    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77V-LX
    Memory: 32GB G.Skill RipjawZ 9CL
    Graphics: Sapphire R9 290
    Storage: 2x Samsung 830 256GB in RAID0, 2x 3TB WD RED RAID0
    PSU: Seasonic M12D-850
    Case: Silverstone Fortress FT02B-W
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

    Audio: Auzentech Prelude
    Headset: AKG K 701 with Zalman ZM-MIC1
    Displays: 3x 24″ @5760×1080 and Oculus Rift

    Mice: Cyborg RAT7 / Logitech G7 / Logitech G700s
    Keyboards: CM Storm QuickFire Rapid / Logitech G13
    Headtracking: TrackIR 4
    Joysticks: Thrustmaster Cougar (3x) / TM Warthog

      • vargis14
      • 6 years ago

      What flight sims do you play?

      I have couple F-22 Pro’s a F16TQS and a Aluminum RCS system, unfortunately they can only be connected to the computer with a old gameport from a OLD sound card.

      So I can’t get my Warbirds fix since the flight models were flying on the knifes in combat so a dedicated rudder system is needed for me to shoot accurately and keep me from stalling/spinning into the ground. With my logitec 3d twisty stick I just can not fly with the skill needed to perform rolling scissors and other dangerous low speed low altitude maneuvers that a HOTAS can let me do.

      Plus the dual stage trigger is the best.

        • JAMF
        • 6 years ago

        Mainly IL2:1946 (modded up the Yingyang), a little Cliffs of Dover.

        You could still attach the RCS to a Cougar base, but only a modified Cougar stick is smooth enough for stall speed flying… although one shouldn’t end up in that situation.

        I forgot to mention my Simped Vario’s, but there are small batch rudder manufacturers out there, still making high quality rudders.

    • C-A_99
    • 6 years ago

    – Windows 7 x64 Professional
    – Phenom II x4 955
    – 8 GB DDR3 (can’t remember if 1333 or 1600)
    – Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    – SeaSonic 520W Bronze
    – Storage: 60 GB OCZ Velocity III, 1 TB Caviar Black, 1 TB Seagate something
    – Display/monitor configuration:
    > Three 1920×1080 IPS panels.
    – Das Keyboard, CM Storm Spawn Mouse

    I think I’m due for a new build in a few years while I let this one get outdated more and more as I go. It’s already whooped by the PS4 (yet it can run BF4 in 1080p lolol), except for the single drive, inability to install Windows 7, and lack of 3 video outputs.

    • Entroper
    • 6 years ago

    Wow, almost exactly Cyril’s setup. I’m lacking the SSD, my RAID1 is 2 TB, and my GPU is a GeForce GTX 460. And the mobo is Intel, same chipset.

    • Freon
    • 6 years ago

    i7-950 (@3.95ghz)
    Gigabyte UDR3 (not impressed, my first and last Gigabyte board, flaky RAID controller)
    12GB memory @ 1640mhz (or so)
    XFX DD 7970 3GB (@1125/1575, +20%)
    Samsung 830 128gb (boot, pagefile, programs)
    huge collection of other spinners
    Corsair H100 2x120mm water cooler
    Qnix 27″ PLS (@100hz)
    Dell U2410 24″
    Dell 2001FP 20″

    The old Bloomfield i7 is still running strong. I bought it about 2 months before Sandybridge hit, late in the cycle, and that’s still been close to 3 years? Pretty crazy when I’ve used to upgrading every 2-2.5 years and getting a big jump in performance. Doesn’t seem there is really any reason for me to upgrade. It will cost me about $500-600 in CPU, mobo, and memory alone to get something like a i7-4770k, decent board, and 16GB.

    • Beelzebubba9
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel Core i5 4670K
    Motherboard: Asrock z87E-ITX
    Memory: 8GB Crucial RAM
    Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti
    Storage: 256GB Samsung 840 Evo, 2TB WD Caviar Green
    PSU: SilverStone 600W Unit
    Case: SilverStone SG08
    Monitor: Dell 2405FPW

    …and a 2013 13″ rMBP/8GB RAM/256GB SSD

      • End User
      • 6 years ago

      +1 for the 2013 rMBP

        • sweatshopking
        • 6 years ago

        you’re such a fanboy.

    • auxy
    • 6 years ago

    Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.4 (NH-C14)
    4x8GB G.SKILL ARES DDR3-1866 CL9 1.5v 1T
    Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D3H-B2 MicroATX
    128GB OCZ Vertex 4
    4x 60GB OCZ Vertex Plus R2
    Acard ANS-9010 SATA RAMdrive (4x4GB DDR2)
    Silverstone SST-DA1000 (PSU)
    2x ASUS VS229H-P eIPS 22″ 1080p
    1x VG248QE 120Hz Lightboost 1080p
    1x MIMO 720F 856×480 USB touchscreen
    Corsair Vengeance M95 mouse
    CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Red keyboard

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 6 years ago

    I did a quick copy/paste of the entire page (at around 9am sunday dec 1), excel’d all the text, filtered out every entry that started with “gpu” or “graphics”. The results are:
    9 Integrated
    28 Nvidia
    33 ATI

    Glancing at the rest of the unorganized mess, i’d wager to say there is a dead even split between nvidia / ati on the site.

    EDIT: New numbers in new reply.

      • Yeats
      • 6 years ago


      • flip-mode
      • 6 years ago

      Cool. It’s pretty sad not to have a poll going for this.

        • Meadows
        • 6 years ago

        Now we don’t need one!

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 6 years ago

        People lie/spoof/spam on polls

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 6 years ago

      You found 70 PC builds listed in 330+ messages? Hmmm.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 6 years ago

        Ah you’re right, I didn’t realize the comments go to a second page. Sadly, I am far too lazy to do whatever I did before, as it did take just shy of 3 minutes.

      • albundy
      • 6 years ago

      i go with whichever one gives me the greatest bang for my buck. i could care less about brand loyalty. and right now, it was AMD.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 6 years ago

      I’ve redone this for all three pages (still just doing the ones that start with “gpu” or “graphics”):

      192 entries

      88 ATI / AMD
      11 Integrated
      93 Nvidia

    • human_error
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7 920 @ 3.6GHz (original C0/C1 stepping so hot as hell)
    Motherboard: Asus P6T deluxe v1
    Memory: 12GB (3x2GB) corsair DDR3 @ ~1440mhz
    Graphics: Asus Radeon HD5970
    Storage: 1x Corsair force 3 120GB, 1x Samsung spinpoint 1TB, 1x Seagate barracuda 1.5TB, 1x Seagate 3TB, 2x OCZ Vertex v1 30GB in RAID
    PSU: Enermax Galaxy 850w
    Case: Corsair 800D

    Going to replace the 5970 with a R9 290X when better AIB cooler models come out, or I’ll stick it into my water loop that’s only cooling my CPU at the moment.

    Was very tempted with going Haswell with a 4770K (to get more RAM capacity and SATA3) but the extra cost puts me off when looking at what I’d gain.

    • vargis14
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel i7 2600k @ 4703mhz 46×102.3 @1.375v 24/7 3 years+
    Mb: Gigabyte P67-UD4-B3 with F8 bios
    Memory: 8GB 2 x 4GB Corsair Vengence 1600 9,9,9,24 1T @ 1650mhz 1.5v
    Storage: 60GB Corsair Force SSD + 3 x 2TB greens + Blu-Ray burner
    Graphics: 2x EVGA GTX 560ti SC @975 core 2400 mem @1.075v SLI
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 200mm front intake,bottom CM 120mm intake 2x Cougar Vortek side intake fans.
    PSU: Corsair TX 850
    Sound: Onboard realtek 889
    Network: Onboard
    Coolers: Ebay 39$ Asetek 120mm AIO w/2 Cougar Vortek 120mm Push Pull fans
    OS: Window 7 Home x64
    Mouse: Razer Imperator
    Keyboard: Razor Black Widow Ultimate
    Speakers: 2x Advent SB750 powered partners speaker monitors 10+yrs old
    Headphones: Logitec G-930 wireless USB

    2X HTPC’s #1 skinny tower with a i3-2120 with 8gb 1066ram on a h-61 chipset with a 1 TB HDD and a LP ASUS HD 6570 220watt PSU

    #2 Short Tower with a i3-2125 with 8gb 1333 ram on a H-67 chipset with 2 1tb HDD’s and a HIS Icooler HD 7750 300watt PSU

    • Rza79
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]Processor:[/b<] Intel i7 920 @ 3.5Ghz [b<]Mb:[/b<] Gigabyte G1.Assassin [b<]Memory:[/b<] 12GB (Corsair 3 * 4GB KIT) @ 1333 [b<]Storage:[/b<] 256GB Samsung 840 Pro + 3 * 2TB HDD + Blu-Ray combo drive [b<]Graphics:[/b<] HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ [b<]Case:[/b<] Antec One P280 [b<]PSU:[/b<] Antec HCG-620M [b<]Sound:[/b<] Asus Xonar DS [b<]Network:[/b<] Bigfoot Killer E2100 [b<]Coolers:[/b<] Thermalright CPU cooler & a couple Scythe S-Flex casefans (all very low RPM) [b<]Monitor:[/b<] HP ZR22w [b<]OS:[/b<] Window 7 Home x64 [b<]Mouse:[/b<] Logitech G5 [b<]Keyboard:[/b<] Cherry G86 [b<]Speakers:[/b<] Altec Lansing 2.1 [b<]Headphones:[/b<] Sennheiser This is my personal workstation. There's also an i3 computer, a Core2Quad computer, an Athlon X3 computer and an Athlon X2 computer in my office. Really need to get that 486DX up and running again ...

    • Grigory
    • 6 years ago

    Some black box, black keyboard, black and rather flat monitor and a grey mouse.

    • Chrispy_
    • 6 years ago

    State-of-the-art workstation that I rarely game on, but with two 1440p screens and a pair of 7970’s

    Most of my gaming actually happens on the “decrepit” HTPC which is trundling along on an old Core2 Quad, but I spruced it up a while back with a 240GB Corsair SSD and an underclocked HD7870.

    It should be noted that like you guys, I get given/make use of hardware through work – which means I don’t really worry about the value of my own hardware. The only thing stopping me from upgrading the HTPC to something with USB3/SATA6G is laziness, because it runs stuff fine right now and I can’t be bothered to rebuild it. If I had to pay for my own hardware it would probably be an i3 with a 7790 or something.

    Edit: Here are the raw numbers of my two main PC’s if you’re using this as a survey:

    [b<]Workstation:[/b<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] i5-2500K ~45x usually [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] Asus P8P67-M [b<]Memory:[/b<] 32GB Corsair 1600 CL10 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] 2x HD7970 (I don't game in crossfire, the second is a compute card really) [b<]Storage:[/b<] 1x Samsung 840 250GB, 2x 3TB WD Green (RAID1), 2x 3TB Seagate Barracuda [b<]PSU:[/b<] BeQuiet E9 680W 80+ Gold [b<]Case:[/b<] CM Silencio 550W [b<]HTPC:[/b<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] C2Q Q9550 [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] MSI G41M-E43 [b<]Memory:[/b<] 8GB Corsair XMS3 1333 CL9 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Sapphire 7870 Flex, clocked at 675MHz [b<]Storage:[/b<] Corsair Force3 240GB, Samsung 830 256GB [b<]PSU:[/b<] BeQuiet L7 530W 80+ Bronze [b<]Case:[/b<] Silverstone GD05

    • Erebos
    • 6 years ago

    cpu: i5-750 @ 3.33 GHz
    mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
    ram: Kingston 16GB DDR3 1666MHz
    gpu: MSI Radeon HD 7870
    case: NZXT Hush
    monitor: Dell U2412m

    • balanarahul
    • 6 years ago

    I sparingly use my PC, but here we go:-

    Core i3 2100
    Asus Motherboard
    8 GB RAM
    WIndows 7
    1 TB HDD
    23-inch 1080p monitor

    I know it’s pooh-pooh. But I don’t use it anyway.

    BTW I do hope you upgrade to a Sandforce SF3700 SSD when they come around.

    • RdVi
    • 6 years ago

    i5 4670k at 4.2GHz
    Gigabyte Windforce 7950 OC
    16GB GEIL evo veloce 1866MHz
    MSI Z78-G45
    Sandisk Extreme II 240GB
    WD Green 3TB
    LG BD-RW 8x
    Silverstone FT04
    Xigmatech black night HSF with Noiseblocker e-loop pwm 120mm fan
    Seasonic XP660w Planinum

    Vid card is from ’12, HDD from earlier in this year and BD drive from ’08, the rest is new as of August.

    I had been using my Core2quad system from ’08 up until August, so I wouldn’t really call any i* system outdated.

    • Xenolith
    • 6 years ago

    i3 processor. AMD 7850 GPU. Triple head setup … 4320 x 900 resolution.

    I have another system with an 8-core piledriver processor with an AMD 7770 GPU, but that system is only driving a 720p projector.

    • bacondreamer
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]Processor[/b<]: Intel Core i7-965 Extreme [b<]HSF[/b<]: Corsair H50 [b<]Motherboard[/b<]: EVGA X58 SLI [b<]Memory[/b<]: Corsair 12GB (6x2GB) DDR3 PC-8500 [b<]Graphics[/b<]: EVGA GTX680 [b<]PhysX[/b<]: EVGA GTX460 [b<]Sound Card[/b<]: Onbaord [b<]Storage[/b<]: 2x Crucial M4 256GB (RAID 0), 3x 1TB Seagate Barracuda 5 (RAID5), 1x Lite-On Blu-ray Burner, 1x Lite-On DVDRW [b<]PSU[/b<]: Corsair HX1000 [b<]Case[/b<]: CoolerMaster HAF [b<]Monito[/b<]r: 2x Asus PA248 on iOGear 2 port Dual Link/Dual DVI KVM [b<]OS[/b<]: Window 7 Professional (x64) [b<]Mouse[/b<]: Logitech G9 [b<]Keyboard[/b<]: Logitech K740 [b<]Speakers[/b<]: Bose Companion [b<]Headphones[/b<]: Razer Tiamat 7.1 Also have a Dell Latitude E6540 on a dock connected to the iOGear KVM Completely forgot that the memory in the machine are PC-8500....then again, it's almost 5 years old. The system originally started off with 2x 150GB Velociraptors in RAID 0 but one of them died a horrible death (screech and grind and all...) and 2x GTX295, eventually replaced both of them with what's in there now. Machine also had a XFi Fatality in it, but due to driver annoyance, ripped it out and tossed it in the drawer. EDIT: Fixed redundant redundantness.....

      • Airmantharp
      • 6 years ago

      Your motherboard may not tolerate that X-Fi, but Creative’s drivers have done a complete 180 on the desktop. Might give it another try, I didn’t have any issues with mine on Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1, all 64-bit, and I use it with my Sennheiser HD555’s primarily for gaming (BF3/BF4). Your motherboard probably has better sound than my ASRock, of course, but the X-Fi really is a treat :).

        • bacondreamer
        • 6 years ago

        I’d love to now that you mentioned the driver has been revamped (it’s been almost two years since I took it out), but with the dedicated PhysX card and the USB 3.0 add-on card, I have no free PCI Express slots open right now…..maybe when I upgrade next year I’ll drop the card back in.

    • Dygear
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]Processor:[/b<] Intel Core i7-3770k [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE [b<]Memory:[/b<] Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] ASUS GTX 660 Ti [b<]Sound Card:[/b<] ASUS Xonar Essence STX [b<]Storage:[/b<] 2x Corsair Force GT 240GB x2 (RAID 0), 2x 3TB WD Caviar Red (RAID1), 1x ASUS Blu-ray Burner [b<]PSU:[/b<] Corsair AX1200 [b<]Case:[/b<] Corsair 650D [b<]Monitor:[/b<] ASUS VE258Q 25" [b<]Wall Mount:[/b<] Ergotron LX Wall Mount [b<]OS:[/b<] Window 7 Professional (x64) [b<]Mouse:[/b<] Corsair M60 [b<]Keyboard:[/b<] Corsair K90 [b<]Speakers:[/b<] Corsair SP2500 [b<]Headphones:[/b<] ASUS Branded Sennheisers 350 Yes it's a Corsair / ASUS love child. I just put the WD Red drive on there, because I wanted a long term storage solution that was meant to last. So far they have been great, and I've had them for about 4 months now. The only area that I'm feeling the upgrade itch is the graphics card, the 660 Ti can't quite keep up a smooth frame rate in BF4 so I plan on moving over to a 780 Ti soon, but I'm also considering a 290X because of Mantle, but then nVidia's sync solution is interesting as well. I really love nVidia's driver upgrades and it's general stability tho.

    • anubis44
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: AMD FX-8350@4.5GHz (1.376 volts)
    CPU Cooling: Antec Kuhler H2O 620
    MOBO: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Rev. 1.1
    GPU: Gigabyte Windforce 7950 (BIOS flashed: Core 1050MHz, Memory 1400MHz, 46 degrees idle)
    MONITORS: 3×22″ 1680×1050 LG Flatron W2242TQ DVI (eyefinity setup)
    RAM: 2X8GB Patriot DDR3-1600 CAS 9
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB
    PSU: Corsair TX2-750
    CASE: Cooler Master Storm Trooper
    KEYBOARD: 1989 IBM Model M PS/2 ‘clicky’ keyboard (best keyboard ever made)

    • humannn
    • 6 years ago

    Built in Jan 2007 and still going strong (with some upgrades, of course):

    Intel e6600 @ 3.0 GHz (Daily overclock on air for nearly 7 years)
    Gigabyte Motherboard LGA 775
    6GB RAM (forget…)
    Intel X-25M 80GB SSD
    WD 500 GB
    GTX 460 video card
    Windows 7
    27″ Monoprice Monitor 2560×1440 (Love it)

    • seeker010
    • 6 years ago

    One of my rigs, and all I have to say it still is about as fast as AMD’s newest Trinity and Richland APUs. WTF AMD.
    Phenom II x4 965BE @ stock
    Asus M4A77D
    8GB DDR2-800
    Geforce GT 240
    320GB Segate 7200.10; 2x1TB WD Green
    Corsair 430CX
    Antec 300

    • LoneWolf15
    • 6 years ago

    Core i7-2600K, clocked to 4.1GHz (Thermalright TRUE Black cooler, 2x 120mm Scythe FDB fans)
    16gb (4 x 4GB) G.Skill RipJaws DDR3-1333
    Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5
    Storage: 1x WD Velociraptor 600GB, 1x WD Black, NEC AD-7200S DVD burner
    Graphics: 2x Radeon 6970 in Crossfire
    Audio: SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium
    Power Supply: Seasonic Gold X750
    Case: Corsair 650D
    Extras: Lamptron FC5v2 fan controller, Aitech aluminum multi-card reader

    [url<][/url<] My build in progress is an HP Proliant Microserver Gen8.

    • excelle1978
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD Athlon 8350 FX OC to 4.85ghz
    Motherboard: Asus Formula Z 990FX
    Memory:16GB 2133mhz sniper gskill
    Graphics: Asus 680 GTX 4gb SLI x2
    Storage:480 gig SSD OCZ Vertex 4
    PSU: Sesonic 1250 Watt PSU
    Case: Antec Red Lan Boy
    Window 8.1 64bit

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    • sschaem
    • 6 years ago

    One word “Q6600″… /me drop mic and walk off the stage

      • duke_sandman
      • 6 years ago

      I have your back, bro! Q6600 SLACR, with a 64GB C300 SSD and a Nvidia video card that might be found in Tutankaman’s tomb.

      And I use it to do primary literature /fundamental research in optimal estimation theory/data fusion for a government customer….

      Still haven’t found a reason that I have to upgrade…. I give them more data than they can possibly handle.

      • kc77
      • 6 years ago

      [url=<]Sexual Chocolate! Sexual Chocolate![/url<]

    • Siber
    • 6 years ago

    Current Specs

    Processor: AMD Athlon X2 6400+
    Motherboard: GA-M57SLI-S4
    Memory: 4GB Corsair DDR2-800
    Graphics: XFX 6750 (My 8800GT 512MB died and XFX warranty gave me the 6750)
    Storage: 1x 750GB WD Cav Black
    PSU: Neo Eco 620W
    Case: NZXT Source 220

    Black Friday Love Child Being Assembled:

    Processor: Intel Core i5-4670
    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-D3H 1.0 Z87 Micro ATX
    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866
    Graphics: PowerColor PCS+ 7950 3GB
    Storage: 1x Seagate 600 Series 240GB & 1x 750GB WD Cav Black
    PSU: Neo Eco 620W
    Case: NZXT Source 220

      • MadManOriginal
      • 6 years ago

      You forgot to buy padding for your jaw when it hits the floor from the difference.

        • Siber
        • 6 years ago

        I’m excited and a little scared… “This is what I have been missing out on?!” will probably be my first response. The second response will be playing games released in the last 4 years that I’ve only been able to play on low or medium at best. Regarding productivity, it won’t take so long to render or run tests in my CAD and Mechanica projects πŸ˜€

          • MadManOriginal
          • 6 years ago

          If you want a fun initial view of how much difference an SSD can make, load Windows off of a USB stick.

    • Yeats
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD FX-8350 @ 5 GHZ
    Cooler: Noctua NDH14
    Motherboard: Asus Crosshair IV Formula
    Memory: 2x 8 GB G.Skill DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Asus HD7870 DirectCu II
    Sound: Asus Xonar DS
    SSD: Crucial m4 256 MB, 128 MB
    Spinners: 500 GB, 1.5 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB
    PSU: Corsair TX750M
    Case: Antec 1100
    Screens: Dell U2412, WFP2007
    Speakers: Swan M10
    Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated
    Mouse: Logitech m705

    And cat hair. Lots of cat hair.

    • Blink
    • 6 years ago

    Intel: i5-4760k @ 4Ghz
    Cooler Master: Hyper 212 EVO
    Patriot: Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) 1600
    Samsung: 840
    Seagate: Barracuda 2TB 7200
    MSI: ATI 5830
    Cooler Master: Silent Pro M2 – 720W
    Fractal Design: Define R4

    Built this year replacing my socket 939*, Opteron 185 (now kids minecraft PC). 5830 is leftover obviously.

    Edit: because I just wrote socket and left the number blank.

    • Phaleron
    • 6 years ago

    Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.5Ghz (Corsair H70 watercooling)
    MSI Mpower Z77
    16GB DDR3-1600 Ram
    2x Intel 160GB SSD in Raid 0
    1 x WD 1TB Green HDD
    Nvidia 560Ti 1GB
    Seasonic 700W bronze PSU
    Silverstone RV02 Case

    • James296
    • 6 years ago

    Current Build:

    AMD FX 8320 4.4ghz oc
    Asus CHVF-z
    2x4gb 1600mhz g-skill ram
    asus GTX 670 oc
    Seasonic 620w psu
    180gb intel 330 SSD
    1tb WD HD (I have a second one sitting behind me as a spare)
    Thermaltake 2.0 extreme
    CM storm enforcer

    Future build (as yet undecided but will slowly transfer:
    X99 chipset mobo
    DDR4 ram
    (360gb ssd + 1tb) x2 in raid 1
    3/4 tb backup HD
    750w< PSU
    New Case able to fit a 280 or 360mm rad

    • solidforger
    • 6 years ago

    My current rig is a big leap from what I recall to be my very first:
    an Intel 333mhz Pentium MMX and like 64 MB of storage…yep, time flies!
    And so do today’s PCs!

    Mine will still be undergoing a few changes in the graphics dept. but as it stands:

    Processor: FX 8350 at stock speed
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO r2.0
    Memory: 8GB (2×4) Kingston DDR3-1333
    Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 6450 (will soon be replaced by a R9 290 Vapor-X or something, when those finally arrive)
    Storage: Seagate 1TB HD
    PSU: Corsair TX 650w
    Case: Sentey (really basic)

    • juzz86
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel i7 3770
    Motherboard: Maximus V Formula
    Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600
    Graphics: GeForce GTX 690
    Storage: 512GB Samsung 840 Pro
    PSU: Aerocool GT-1050
    Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (white)

    • libradude
    • 6 years ago

    My mini-ITX build:

    i5-3570K (non-o/c, just got the K in case I wanted to in the future, but the last time I did was with a Celeron 300A to 504 MHz back in the day)
    ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe
    8GB (2×4) Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
    256GB Samsung 830 / 640GB WD Black (saving up for the 4TB Black)
    EVGA GTX 660 ti Sig 2 FTW
    Silverstone SG05 / 450W
    LG 27EA33V (27″ IPS display, 1080p)
    Soundblaster X-Fi 5.1 USB (I love this thing for its physical volume knob; previously used a Griffin Powermate for the same mojo)

    I am very pleased with how this system handles AC4 Black Flag with *almost* all the settings maxed.

    I saw a YouTube video of AC4 in 3-monitor Surround View the other day and I think I must have it… eventually. I have an old Alienware MJ-12 case (look it up, they’re sweet lookin) that I’ve been itching to build an SLI rig in as funds permit, even thought I swore I’d never look back after going to mITX… [url<][/url<] if yer hooked on AC4 like me πŸ™‚

    • Wirko
    • 6 years ago

    Made in: 2007
    Processor: Core 2 Duo E6400KK
    Motherboard: Asus P5KC
    Memory: 1 GB DDR2-800
    Graphics: Gigabyte 7600 GS, passive cooling
    Storage: 80 GB Intel X25-M, 250 GB WD Caviar
    Sound: E-mu 1212M on PCI
    PSU: LC Power
    Case: Akasa Zen, white
    Silence: rubber lining inside case, suspension for HDD
    OS: XP Pro
    Monitor: Samsung 214T, S-PVA, 1600×1200
    Power consumption: 84 W on idle plus ~30 W for the monitor

    CPU reached a 69% overclock with stock cooler and passed some testing, just enough to earn the double-K suffix. Running at stock speed ever since.
    MBs are whatever I can get on classifieds for 30-35€ after a lightning strike.
    I’m a little ashamed of that 1 GB RAM but let’s look on the bright side. It has helped [i<]me[/i<] become a good memory manager. Running VMs is out of question but I have a notebook for that. Bought a used Intel SSD in 2011. What a great investment. The computer, previously close to decrepit, become young again. The E-mu ... I hope I'll be able to move it to my next system but, sadly, the support on newer Windows OSes is questionable. The case is nothing to write home about but I specifically wanted a white one. No, no Mac fan here. Just a fan of those old white/beige PC cases and peripherals. What I'm missing most in this system is not pure speed but USB3. And more silence.

    • TechNut
    • 6 years ago

    I upgraded last year to this new rig. It was supposed to be in a rack and used as a VDI server, but, that did not pan out, so it managed to replace my old Wolfdale 3.3Ghz system….

    Processor: Intel Xeon E5-1620 @ 3.6GHz
    Motherboard: Supermicro X9SRI-F
    Memory: 32GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600
    Graphics: GeForce GTX 650
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD
    PSU: Corsair HX600
    Case: Antec Sonata III

    I do not game at all, so the GPU is good enough to drive a couple 27″ panels….

    • FireGryphon
    • 6 years ago

    Proud to say I’m still using my wonderfully-built PC from 5 years ago, but it’s on the way out very soon. Still, it’s faithful specs are:

    AMD Phenom II X3 720
    4 GB DDR2
    Radeon HD 4870

    Those are the important specs, not counting the… uhh… MSI? motherboard. My RAM is either Corsair or Crucial, and I have a collection of mechanical hard drives that hit several terabytes all combined. I’m also rockin’ my original copy of Windows XP. My, I’ve come a long way since the early days, when I used to take care of even such little details as polishing the aftermarket heatsink so it can fuse best with AS thermal grease.

    It’s served me well and is being replaced very soon with a modified TR Econobox (Fall ’13 Edition).

    • ZGradt
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-3470
    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA
    Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Zotac Geforce 660Ti AMP! Extreme Edition
    Storage: 1x Samsung 830 256GB SSD, 1x Corsair 120GB SSD, 2x Seagate Barracuda 3TB HD
    PSU: SeaSonic M12II 520
    Case: NXZT H2

    I threw it together in September 2012 and added graphics and storage later. The case is nice, but I hate the 3.5″ drive caddys. I don’t see myself upgrading anything on it until 4K displays come down in price.

    • jazper
    • 6 years ago

    Here I was thinking my rig would be slow by most standards..

    CPU: 4770k @4.2 (can go higher but no need
    Mobo: Asrock extreme3 z87
    Memory: assortment of 1600 dimms totalling 20 gig
    Graphics card: 7990
    Hard drives: 2×128 Sandisk extreme, 1x seagate momentus Xt (500gig)
    Case: ft02
    ODD: LG Blu ray reader
    Vantec 4×2.5 in 5.25 hot swap bay


    • madgun
    • 6 years ago

    Intel Core i7 980X @ 4.0 Ghz
    Corsair Dominator GT 12 GB DDR3 @ 2100 Mhz
    EVGA 780 GTX Ti Super Clocked @ 1200 / 7.4 Ghz
    256 GB Samsung 840 Pro
    ASUS X58 Premium
    Corsair H80i Cooling
    Corsair AX1200 PSU
    Corsair Obsidian 800D

    • Disco
    • 6 years ago

    Main System is 3 yrs old

    AMD 1090T – stock speed – 3.2 GHz
    Hyper 212 CPU heatsink
    MSI 890FXA-GD70 M/B
    XFX Radeon 7970 3 GB
    2x 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
    Crucial M4 256 GB SSD (added 1 yr ago) – much improved performance
    WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 hard drive
    XFX Pro650 W power supply
    Antec Sonata III Case

    Had an ASUS Xonar DX sound card, but it died about a year or so ago. I’ve just stuck with the onboard sound and it’s been perfectly adequate.

    Looking into making my system water-cooled – cut down on noise. I have started a thread in the cooling forum.

    • delsydsoftware
    • 6 years ago

    My gaming computer:
    AMD 8350fx overclocked to 5ghz (using Corsair h110 watercooler)
    16gb of Corsair Dominator 1866mhz DDR 3
    Gigabyte 280X Windforce 3x OC graphics card
    Asus Xonar DX sound card
    Avermedia HDTV card
    250gb Corsair m500 loaded with Windows 7
    3 Samsung 1tb hard drives

    My HTPC:
    3.5ghz AMD 6300fx
    8gb of Kingston HyperX DDR3
    120gb OCZ Velocity 3 SSD (made after they worked out the bugs in the controller, thankfully)
    Integrated AMD 4250 graphics…woohoo!
    80gb WD hard drive, which has to be the slowest drive I have ever used

    • isotope123
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: i5-2500K (overclocked to 4.5GHz)
    Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Pro
    Memory: 8GB G.SKILL Sniper DDR3-1600
    Graphics: HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon HD 6950 2GB
    Storage: 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (in RAID 0), 1x Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
    PSU: ENERMAX NAXN 82+ 750W
    Case: Corsair 600T

    Basically the ‘sweet spot summer system guide’ from 2 and a half years ago, with some upgrades. Still don’t see a point in upgrading. Glad I used this site to help me find the best products that would give me the most use over time.

    • jdaven
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Phenom II x6 1100T @ 3.5 GHz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
    Memory: 8GB G-skill DDR3-1333
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850
    Storage: 1TB Hitachi 7200 RPM
    PSU: Corsair CX500
    Case: Cougar Spike

    January Upgrade: A10-7800K (or whatever fastest Kaveri) or Core i5 4670K, good FM2+ or 1150 microATX motherboard, 8 or 16 GB of DDR3-2133

    Future Upgrade: 1TB SSD and 20 nm GPU (the fastest single 6-pin power connector Nvidia or AMD)

      • Disco
      • 6 years ago

      I’m waiting for an affordable 1TB SSD as well. Maybe in 12 months?

    • themattman
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 2.66Ghz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
    Memory: Mushkin & Patriot 2x2GB DDR2-800
    Graphics: EVGA 8800GT Dual Slot Edition
    Case: Antec 900
    Power: Corsair 520HX
    Storage: WD Black 640GB, WD Green 2TB

    Built in the spring of 2008, and still runs well.

    • Orbiting234
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-920 (oc’d to 3.5Ghz)
    Motherboard: Asus P6T
    Memory: 6GB Crucial DDR3-1333
    Graphics: Powercolor Radeon HD 7850 2GB
    Storage: 1x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB, 1x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
    Sound: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium
    PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650W
    Case: Antec Three Hundred

    Not epic but still more than sufficient imho.

    • marraco
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-920
    Motherboard: Asus P6T
    Memory: 6GB OCZ DDR3-1600
    Graphics: GTX 670
    Storage: 1Tb WD, 2x80Gb WD in RAID0, 1 120Gb SSD OCZ Vertex 2 for OS and application.
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts Green 750W
    Case: Generic

    Other: Monitor Samsung @120 hz <– That matters. I mean the 120hz refresh rate.

    • squeeb
    • 6 years ago

    Proc: AMD FX-6300
    Mobo: Gigabyte 970A-D3P
    Mem: Mushkin Blackline 8GB DDR3 1600
    Gpu: Gigabyte Radeon 7870 2GB
    Drives: Mushkin Chronos 120GB | Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    Case: Antec Lanboy Air
    Psu: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
    Sound: Asus Xonar DGX

    • shalmon
    • 6 years ago


    Windows 7 pro 64
    Fractal Design Arc Midi
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 700
    Intel i5 2500k @ stock
    -cooled using Noctua NH-U12P SE2
    Radeon 5670 1gb @ stock
    -removed the stock cooler and am cooling passively using Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev 2
    Geil Skill Ripjaws 8gb DDR3 1333
    Asus P8Z77-V Z77
    Samsung SH-223L Dvd writer
    Samsung 830 120gb SSD for system
    Intel RS2BL040 Pcie Raid for storage
    -2 x 1TB Western Digital Black Raid 1
    -2 x 2TB Western Digital Black Raid 1
    3 x Dell Ultrasharp U2311H
    Razer Black Widow Ultimate
    Razer Deathadder 3500dpi
    APC Back-UPS Pro 1000
    Logitech Z623 2.1
    Brother MFC 9010CN color laser all-in-one


    Dell XPS 17 L702X
    I swapped the stock display for an AUO B173HW01 V.5 1920×1080 72% matte display
    Core i7-2630QM @ stock
    Nvidia Geforce GT 550M 1gb / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    8gb ddr3 1333
    Patriot Wildfire 120gb SSD for OS (windows 7 home premium 64)
    Western Digital Black 750gb (WD7500bpkt) for storage
    9 cell battery
    Razer DeathAdder 3500dpi Black Edition

    • KiwiRon
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-3770K (4.3GHz with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO)
    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-M PRO
    Memory: 16GB (2×8) GSKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Gigabyte GTX650
    Storage: 256GB SSD – Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256 system drive + 2TB HDD – Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD204UI (mainly used to backup the home server data)
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v3
    Case: Aerocool Qs-200 Mini Tower (2x 120mm fans)
    Other: 2x Dell 2007FP 20″ monitors.

    The system is used for is browsing, Excel (mainly engineering design spreadsheets), CAD, and (non professional) video editing (GoPro Hero 3 Black + Samsung Galaxy Camera which takes great 1080p video). Looked at Haswell 4770K at the time I built this and decided not to bother since at the time the overclock on them looked poor without excessive cooling. The system has been 100% reliable and fast (22 sec startup).

    Over the 18 years I have been building my own computers and using a variety of Intel & AMD processors (back to the Intel Pentium 133) I have found that it is mainly the Intel systems that have survived. I have a ‘still-running’ 16 year old Pentium 200 system (win 98), a 12 year old Pentium 3 – 650 MHz overclocked to 800 (XP), and a 9 year old Pentium 4 – 3.0GHz (Northwood) in a Shuttle computer (XP). Almost none of the AMD systems lasted more than 4 or 5 years before largely motherboard failures. The sole survivor is an X2-4200+ with an Asus motherboard.

    At this time I am sticking to Intel + Asus with SSD’s for sytem drives for the computers I build for our family or for my engineering business.

      • achaycock
      • 6 years ago

      Without trying to dispute what you’re saying, I have to say this is why cumulative data is more valuable than anecdotal experience. In the same time period that I have been working with computers, it’s been the AMD systems that have still been going strong and the Intel rigs that have been more prone to dying.

      I am NOT saying that Intel systems are less reliable or that my experience is representative either, but merely that this alone does not show AMD systems to be less reliable.

    • USAFTW
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Phenom II x2 555 unlocked
    MoBo: Asrock 770iCafe
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX 460 OC 800mhz
    Ram: 4 gigs of 1333 DDR 3
    Cooling: Awesomely loud Gigabyte G-Power pro
    Case: CM 334 side window

    Just for media consumption, web browsing, light gaming. Guess I’m not qualified to be a member of the great PC Master race. Usually use my nexus 7 for everything else.

    • piecerad
    • 6 years ago

    2500K, 4.4Ghz at 1.28V under load, 1.6Ghz at 0.9V idle, cooled by an Antec 620 with two BeQuiet! PWM fans,
    Asus P8P67 Pro,
    8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz,
    MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr 3, 1.1Ghz core at 1.08V, 5.6Ghz VRAM,
    250GB Samsung 840, 500GB Samsung F3,
    BeQuiet Straightpower e9 580W with black braided cable extensions,
    M-Audio Delta 2496,
    Coolermaster Storm Scout with HD cage removed, BeQuiet! fans and temperature dependent red LED strips.

    I use a Korean 27in 1440p IPS monitor and an old 1050p Samsung Syncmaster 2053 BW.
    Also have a rather nice home server made from some older parts, thats another story though.

    • kc77
    • 6 years ago


    Processor(s): AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 4284 x2
    Memory: Kingston 8GB DDR3 – 1333
    Motherboard: Manufacturer: Supermicro H8DCL
    Graphics: NVIDIA Corporation GK110 [GeForce GTX 780]
    Storage: Adaptec 5805 – 2 x Intel X25-M in RAID1 – 5 x Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB in RAID 6
    Case: Lian-Li V1010B


    Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 4130
    Memory: Kingston 8GB DDR3 – 1333
    Graphics: On-board Matrox
    Motherboard: Supermicro H8SCM
    Storage: LSI LSI00244 (9201-16i) + Intel RAID Twenty-four port Expander Card RES2SV240 – Crucial M4-CT064M4SSD2 x2 (RAID 1) + 6 2TB WDC WD20EZRX Raidz2
    Case: Lian Li PC-343B Modular Cube Case


    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250 Processor
    Memory: Kingston 4GB DDR3-1333
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC M5A97
    Graphics: Nvidia GT 430
    Storage: 60GB OCZ-AGILITY2 + 2TB x2 WDC WD20EURS (Onboard-Raid)
    Case: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center


    Intel 920 + EVGA X58 FTW3
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 + ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570

    • esteve
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1075T Processor
    Cooling: Corsair H50
    Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
    Memory: 8GB Kingston KHX1600C9D3
    Graphics: Gigabyte ATI HD5770
    Storage: 1x Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB and 2x WD 500 GB Caviar Blue (RAID 1)
    PSU: ThermalTake PurePower RX 600 Watt
    Case: CM690

    • derFunkenstein
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]Processor:[/b<] Core i5-3570K (4.5GHz with a CM Hyper 212 EVO) [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] ASUS P8Z77-V LK [b<]Memory:[/b<] 16GB (2x8) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] ASUS DirectCu GTX 460 1GB [b<]Storage:[/b<] Mushkin Chronos 240GB SSD, 2x1TB Seagate Barracudas, 64GB Crucial Force GT as cache for one Barracuda with games, Toshiba Canvio 3TB backup USB 3.0 drive [b<]PSU:[/b<] Corsair Builder Series 600CXM [b<]Case:[/b<] Fractal Design Define R4 with the two stock fans set on medium with the speed controller [b<]Other:[/b<] Cooler Master QuickFire Pro, Logitech MX518, Avid Mbox Mini driving a pair of KRK Rokit 6 monitors, Dell 22" 1080p IPS monitor. CPU never gets above 60-65C under normal loads and it's PRIME95 stable at around 75C and no throttling. I was lucky and got one that could give me an extra 1GHz without bumping the voltage at all. I just tried 45x for all 4 turbo multipliers and it ran. Might have a little bit more available but I don't want to push the temps any more. The GPU is pretty old, got it when the 460 1GB cards were all the rage in late 2010. The more intensive games I have need some compromised settings to run at 1080p, but I'm mostly playing stuff like Dota2 and StarCraft 2 anymore, so I don't see much need to uprade.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 6 years ago

      Did you manually set the voltage or is it on auto? Maybe check the CPU voltage under load with something like CPU-Z or other software…if you left the CPU voltage on auto it might be adding some voltage on the sly.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        Yeah you have a point. It’s on auto but if it’s adding voltage it can’t be much. CPU-Z and HWMonitor both show load voltage around 1.21-1.24 or thereabout. Seems close enough to 1.20 for me, though.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 6 years ago

          1.24 is pretty good for that overclock. I run mine at what are basically stock ‘auto’ voltages (actually slightly lower at idle due to the quirks of voltage settings with my motherboard) @ 4.2GHz on all 4 cores. I tried the EZ mode overclocking of just increasing core voltage to get 4.5GHz but the temps get a bit high at 1.25V+. I think it could be done with more tweaking but I can’t be bothered.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 6 years ago

            4.2-4.5GHz is pretty freaking fast. Whatever stable speed I got with auto voltages is all I was going to work on. Anything I could get for free without putting a ton of time into. I haven’t even tried higher multipliers, but temps are about as high as I’d want without constant babysitting anyway.

      • USAFTW
      • 6 years ago

      Same here with the GPU. Not much of a point for me in upgrading ’cause not enough good games have come out for me except borderlands 2 which runs fine. Not like 2008, not a lot of excitement in gaming for me no moar.

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 6 years ago

    Q6600 @ stock
    500GB mech
    9800 GTX
    Soundblaster Audigy
    Samsung 24″

    • achaycock
    • 6 years ago

    For personal reasons my main rig is in storage and I do want to upgrade at some point when it’s out again, however;

    Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.0GHz and the northbridge/L3 cache at 3.0GHz
    16GB (4 x 4GB) Patriot Black Edition DDR3 1600MHz RAM
    ASRock 890FX Deluxe3
    2GB Gigabyte Radeon HD6950 (firmware flashed to HD6970)
    1GB Geforce GTS250 Green Edition (Hybrid PhysX)
    120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate and applications)
    240GB SanDisk Ultra Extreme (3 or 4) SSD for games
    600GB Western Digital Velociraptor (virtual machines)
    2TB Western Digital Caviar (Scratch space, working storage drive)
    ASUS Xonar DX
    Corsair HX850 PSU
    Corsair 600T Case (Mesh Side panel)
    Corsair H60 Water cooler
    Roland Edirol MA-15D Monitors

    Blog links about it
    [url<][/url<] [url<][/url<] Right now I'm using my EconoBox made from bits my Dad upgraded from and recently upgraded as it's currently my main PC. Core i5 750 (recently bumped from a Core i3 530) 12GB Generic DDR3 1333 (2 x 2GB and 2 x 4GB) MSI MS-7616 (? OEM board from a Medion PC) 1GB XFX Radeon HD7770 (recently bumped from a Sapphire HD5750) 60GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (Windows and applications) 500GB Western Digital Green (Downloads, Documents, Miscellaneous) 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 (Games, virtual machines) ASUS Xonar DG Generic case Roland Edirol MA-7A It seems people are listing more than just their main computers, so although I won't list the entire collection, I thought I'd add a couple of my legacy systems. Connected via a KVM to a 22" IBM CRT Trinitron display are; Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.4GHz 4GB GEIL DDR2 800MHz (3.25GB Useable of 2 x 2GB) ASUS M3A78-T 512MB ASUS Radeon HD4870 Matrix Edition 150GB Western Digital Raptor (Windows 7 32bit) 250GB Western Digital Caviar (Windows XP/Storage) X-Fi PCI-E Card (can't quite remember which one, but relatively low-end) 128MB AGEIA PhysX PPU Generic case and I cannot quite recall the PSU. Needless to say it will be decent quality. My plan for this system is to have Windows 7 on a 240GB SSD and Windows XP on the Raptor. I've noticed a number of older games, especially using the PPU, prefer the 32bit OS and it's nice having a monitor with the proper aspect ratio. To continue; Athlon64 FX-57 (not overclocked) 1GB Corsair PC3200 (2 x 512MB CAS 2) MSI K8N Neo Platinum 256MB Geforce 6800GT 74GB Western Digital Raptor (Windows 98SE) 80GB Western Digital Caviar (Storage) Sound Blaster Audigy Very, very fast Windows 98 system. It's used the least sadly as the above system and the one below meet 90% of my legacy needs, but this is tasty for the remaining 10% and as this was once my main rig (3200+ then Opteron 180, the FX-57 was bought last year for a low price and 98 cannot utilize SMP), I had it anyway. AMD K6-III+ (clockspeed will be discussed below) 128MB PC133 CAS 2 RAM (1 x 128MB) Gigabyte GA-5AX 16MB Voodoo 3 3500 8MB Obsidian SB50-4220 80GB Maxtor (7200RPM) 20GB Maxtor (5400RPM) Sound Blaster AWE64 GOLD This one is possibly my favourite system of the lot. The K6 is the mobile variant that can have it's multiplier changed in software. By default, it boots at 300MHz, but I can knock it down to as low as 200MHz and as high as 600MHz (550MHz is the practical limit however). But there's more! Using an application called throttle that has been specially modified for this board, I can reduce the clockspeed even further and disable the L1, L2 and L3 caches. This means that at a hardware level, the system will act like a 40MHz 386DX. Using additional software gets me original 4.77MHz 8086 performance. The Voodoo 3 offers native Windows 3.1 driver support, full VESA compatibility and upscales 16-bit colour to 22-bit. This means I can run DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98 SE natively (I use some trickery to get past the primary partition limitations). The Obsidian is a glorified Voodoo 1 with more memory and an extra TMU which gives me broad GLIDE compatibility and the AWE64, although would be vastly improved by the addition of a couple of Roland MT-32's (I want both revisions), provides reasonable MIDI support. When you consider the presence of a DVD drive, ZIP drive, 5.25" floppy as well as the 3.5" type, I have support for a large library of legacy games from this single computer. I know the Pentium II/III offer better FPU support clock for clock, but considering that this can clock fairly high when necessary and that the on-die L2 cache makes a huge difference to the K6 performance and the fact that it's integer capabilites are awesome, I actually don't feel hard done by. Especially as this is essentially my 1999 computer with better hard drives, CPU and Voodoo cards (I had the Voodoo 3 3000 and a Voodoo 1, still do actually). If I wanted to, I could have added a Voodoo 5500 but elected not to due to lack of native support under Windows 3.1. That was a hard choice to make, but I stand by it.

    • raddude9
    • 6 years ago

    My time is split between my home “office” pc and my living room pc.

    FX-6100 AM3+ (some Xigmatek cooler I think)
    Asus M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990FX
    8GB (2 x 4GB) HyperX DDR3 1600MHz
    Samsung 840 Series 250GB
    Sapphire Technology AMD Radeon 7790 HD 2GB

    living room:
    A10-6700 with a Zalman CPNS8900 cooler
    Samsung 840 Series 250GB
    Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H
    CORSAIR DDR3/1866 2x8GB DIMM
    NSK-1380-UK Black MATX Cube 350W PSU

    • tropical_plague
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-2500k @4.5
    Motherboard: BIOSTAR TZ77XE4
    Memory: 16GB G.Skill
    Graphics: 2x EVGA GTX670 FTW
    Cooling: Corsair H80i
    Storage: 1x OCZ-VERTEX4 120GB SSD, 1x Samsung 830 120GB SSD
    PSU: Antec 650 something…
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 white
    Monitor: Asus 24″ 2ms
    Keyboard: Type Heaven
    Mouse: Logitech G500
    Headphones: Logitech wired

    Build pix: [url<][/url<]

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 6 years ago

    Cyril, the reason to upgrade is not for more performance, but for a cooler-running, quieter system that can turn its fans off. That’s the real competition Intel’s been after for years now. If you don’t want or need that, then, well, you can stick with what you have for those purposes. That said, the cooler running part is nice for me.

    CPU: Intel i5 3570K
    MB: Asus P8Z77-V
    Memory: 16 GB Samsung Eco 1600 DDR3
    System Drive: Samsung 128GB 830 Pro
    Storage Drive: Seagate 3TB 7200RPM (DM001)
    External Backups: 2 x Seagate 3TB USB3
    GPU: 2 x Gigabyte Windforce (3) 670 2GB SLI
    Receiver: Yamaha RX-V375
    Speakers: Ascend Acoustics 340SE Front&Center / Ascend Acoustics 170SE Rear / Hsu VTF-3HO Subwoofer
    Headphones: HiFiMan HE-400 Open / Audio Technica ATH-A900 Closed
    Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Stealth (Cherry MX Brown), blue-backlighting
    Mouse: Razer Naga wired, blue backlighting
    Controller: Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows
    PSU: Seasonic X750Gold
    Fans: Cougar 120mm V12HP (Pwm-controlled via one port on MB regulating Swiftech 8-port splitter, 4 intake, 3 outtake)
    Case: Corsair Obsidian 550D
    Displays: Dell 3007WFP-HC (30″, 2560×1600) + Dell 2001FP (20″, 1600×1200) + Samsung PN58C8000 3DTV (58″, 1920x1080p)
    External Optical: Pioneer 6x Blu-ray Writer (BDR-XD04) USB2 (Used once in a blue moon)
    OS: Windows 8.1

    Tablet: Google Nexus 7 (2013), Android 4.4 (KitKat)
    Laptop: Asus G50V (Intel Core 2 2.26 GHZ, Geforce 9800M GT, 8 GB RAM, 1366×768)

    Consoles: No.

    • Omniman
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-2600K with a Corsair Hydro H70
    Motherboard: ASUS P8P67
    Memory: 16GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics: EVGA Geforce GTX 780
    Sound: ASUS Xonar DX
    Storage: 1x Samsung Evo 240GB, 1x 1TB WD Black
    PSU: Corsair HX750
    Case: Corsair Graphite 600T

    • Kaleid
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5 4670k
    Motherboard: Asus C87-C
    Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
    Graphics: Asus / AMD hd7850GB (with Arctic Cooling S1 plus plus 700rpm fan)
    Storage: 1x A-Data 256GB SSD, 2x WD Greenpower 2TB (both in Scythe Quietdrives)
    PSU: Silverpower 750w (built by Seasonic)
    Case: Antec p180 (modded)
    Sound: Soundblaster Z
    Mouse: Logitech mx518
    Keyboard: Cherry EVolution STREAM XT

    It’s extremely quiet. Full load on GPU is 45C.

    • SoundChaos
    • 6 years ago

    I’ve pretty much stopped normal use of my desktop all together since I got the new 2013 Macbook Air. (plays minecraft and skyrim just fine for up to 4 hours on battery to satisfy all my gaming needs) Put an extra $600 back into the desktop for videocards a while back, and now it just sits as a permanent mining computer.

    i7 2600k with custom water loop
    16gb DDR3 1600mhz
    Samsung 840 Pro 128gb
    2x WD 7200 RPM 750gb
    HAF 932
    2x Sapphire VaporX 7950 @ 1050/1500 (620-640kh/s each)
    Corsair 850W bronze

    • oldDummy
    • 6 years ago

    Have quite a few. From memory:
    a: Asus Rampage lV ROG
    l7-3970 OC
    16G ram
    2X Samsung 128 SSD RAID0
    3 Tb HHD
    2 X Asus 670 SLI
    Rosewill mATX tower

    B: Asrock Z77 1155 mITX
    16 Gb ram
    Evga 690
    2 X 128Gb SSD raid0
    Coolmaster mITX CASE

    c: MSI Z77 1155 mITX
    16GB ram
    Galaxy gtx680
    180Gb SSD
    2 X WD 2Tb raid1
    LL mITZ Case
    couple more but typing on a phone with my fat fingers stink.

    • TravelMug
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]Processor:[/b<] Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83Ghz [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] Gigabyte GA-P35-S3 [b<]Memory:[/b<] 8GB DDR2-800 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Club3D Radeon HD 6850 1GB [b<]Storage:[/b<] 1x Samsung 830 256GB, 1x Crucial m4 512GB, 1x Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB, 1x WD Green 1.5TB [b<]PSU:[/b<] Sharkoon 450W [b<]Case:[/b<] Some Antec from 2003 No overclock, may try to put the CPU to 3400Mhz by raising the FSB to 400Mhz and run the Radeon at 837/1080 which I tested to be working before. Purely because I don't plan to upgrade for at least a year and some games may need the extra umpf to give usable framerates. Have some other gear here as well I use for testing and things: 2x HP ML115G5 1x HP MicroServer N40L 1x Dell PE1950III 1x Zotac HD-ID11

      • Ratfish
      • 6 years ago

      Have had a q9550 @ 3.6 for years with no issue. Would definitely recommend it instead of upgrading.

    • n00by
    • 6 years ago

    I have two systems that get used a lot, my main rig and my HTPC. And altough my main rig is pretty nice, I still think that my HTPC is the nicest PC that I’ve ever built.

    Main PC:

    CPU: Core i5 2500k undervolted 10mV @ 4.5GHz
    Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B
    Mobo: Asus p8z68v-gen3
    Ram: 4x4GB Crosair Vengeance LP 1.5v 1600Mhz
    GPU: 2x Asus DCII GTX 670 4GB
    Storage: 1x Crucial M4 512GB, 1x 1TB Spinpoint F1 (other HDD’s are in the storage server)
    PSU: Be-Quiet! E9 680W CM
    Case: Fractal Design R4

    Keyboard: Zowie Celeritas
    Mouse: Razer Deathadder
    Audio Interface: Focusrite 2i2
    Speakers: A pair of Yamaha HS80m’s on isolation pads on stands at almost the perfect angle/height
    Microphone: Samson C01 (XLR version)
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD555, Sennheiser PXC 360BT and German-Maestro GMP 8.35D
    Monitors: Yamakasi Catleap 2B (1440p IPS @ 120+Hz), Samsung 2343BW, Samsung 226BW


    CPU: Core i3 3225 (undervolted by 75mV)
    Cooler: Scythe Kozuti
    Mobo: Asrock H77m (chpset undervolted to the lowest setting, don’t remember what)
    Ram: 2x4GB Kingston 1333Mhz @ 1.175V
    GPU: IGP (undervolted by ~160mV don’t remember exactly)
    Storage: 1x Crucial M4 256GB
    PSU: PicoPSU M1-ATX (Integrated in to the case)
    Case: Antec ISK-110 VISA

    Keyboard/mouse combo: Logitech K400r
    TV: Some LG 32″ 768P TV

    This the PC at my bed, we have one more HTPC in the house (that also serves as our storage server and used to be our router) but I’ll save those specs for now.

    Both PC’s are unaudible at idle, while my main desktop is still fairly silent under full load. The HTPC is configured in such a way that the fan only ramps up on high temps, which it only hits with Furmark + Prime95. Even while gaming it will stay under the treshold (75C), so it remains inaudible pretty much always.

    That should pretty much be it.

    • madtronik
    • 6 years ago

    Main desktop:

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
    Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS3
    Memory: 6GB DDR2 PC6400 CL4
    Graphics: MSI R7770 PMD1GD5
    Storage: 2 Seagate SATA HD. 750 and 500 GB.
    PSU: Tacens Radix Eco 500W
    Case: ATX case inherited from my Athlon XP 1700+

    Upgraded at the beginning of the year upping RAM and graphics card. I think I’m fine till 2015.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 6 years ago

    [u<]boxen components[/u<] Processor: Core i5 3570K @4.2GHz with Thermalright True Spirit 120M Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Pro-M Memory: 16GB G Skill DDR3-1866 Graphics: Zotac GTX660 2GB Storage: 1x Intel 330 240GB SSD; 2x Seagate HDD.15 4TB (Windows RAID1) Optical: LG UH12LS29 Blu-Ray ROM; Samsung SH-203B DVD burner PSU: Seasonic SSR-450RM Case: Rosewill Line-M I've been mATX for about 6 years now, ever since I got a DFI P45-T2RS Jr. I got this setup in January 2013 after waiting to upgrade for quite a while from an i3 540 setup and thankfully Haswell didn't blow it out of the water. The case is good but like all truly compact (no 18-19" dimension) mATX cases there are compromises when it comes to clearances. The GTX660 model in particular was chosen because it is short. I chose the motherboard because it was one of the few mATX LGA1155 motherboards with Displayport, and it was priced reasonably. The PSU is plenty for this rig, max power draw with P95+Furmark is only ~235W from the wall, ~180W when gaming otherwise, and it idles at ~50W with the HDDs spun up. [u<]peripherals[/u<] - the important bits because it's what you directly interact with! Dell U2713HM IPS monitor Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue keyboard Logitech G100s mouse [u<]audio[/u<] Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC/preamp/headphone amp Emotiva Airmotiv 6 speakers w/ Auralex isolation pads I was a BIG 16:10 proponent but finally broke down and got a 27" 2560x1440 16:9 monitor because at least it's got more vertical pixels than a 1920x1200. I've also been IPS-only ever since I got my first LCD. I got my first mechanical keyboard in summer of 2012, an RK-9000 with browns, I currently use the blue though - big step up from rubber dome. I used an MX518 for ages and just recently started looking around for mice with no acceleration, smoothing, etc. The G400s for some reason didn't suit me even though it's the same shape as the MX518, so I've settled on the very basic seeming but nice and lightweight G100s, it suits a claw grip pretty well. The audio stuff, well, they cost almost as much as all the other parts combined but good audio gear will last for ages and I love music.

    • homerdog
    • 6 years ago

    I have three desktops, one for me, one I built for my bro, and one for his gf.

    i5-3550 stock
    Gigabyte Z77 mobo
    8GB DDR3-1600MHz
    GTX670 forgot brand
    180GB Intel 330 SSD
    1TB WD Blue HDD
    Antec Three Hundred Two case
    Blu-ray drive and DVD burner
    Seasonic S12II 520 PSU

    i5-3450S stock
    Gigabyte mITX H77 mobo with WiFi & Bluetooth
    8GB DDR3-1600MHz
    HD7950 Boost
    120GB Kingston HyperX SSD
    1TB WD Green HDD
    Cooler Master Elite 120 mITX case
    DVD Burner
    Silverstone ST45SF 450W PSU

    Brother’s gf:
    QX6700 @3GHz
    Gigabyte P35 DS3L mobo
    4GB DDR2-800MHz
    320GB WD HDD
    NZXT Source 210 case
    DVD Burner
    Corsair CX500 PSU

    • senior_player
    • 6 years ago

    Dell Dimension 8200 Series

    Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
    Intel 850E motherboard
    1280 MBs Rambus PC800 RDRAM
    250w PSU
    64MB GeForce4 TI 4200 Graphic
    WD 80 GB Hard Drive (x2)
    3.5 inch Floppy Drive
    Logitech Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
    Harmon Kardon HK-395 Speaker system
    Microsoft XP Home O.S.
    56k PCI Modem
    16x DVD-Rom Drive
    40x CD-RW Drive
    10/100 Fast Ethernet

    Yeah, I know…it’s ancient, but I can use it during a lightning storm without worrying about it dying a “premature death”. We have 4 other more “modern” PCs as well.

    • PadawanTrainer
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: i7-2600K
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3
    Memory: 16GB GSkill 1866
    Graphics: Asus 660ti 2GB
    Storage: 1x Samsung Spinpoint 1TB, 2x120GB OCZ Vertex 3 (RAID0)
    PSU: Seasonic G-Series 550w
    Case: Corsair 650D

    • Aranarth
    • 6 years ago

    Proc: C2Q6600 @ 3.3Ghz (used to have an E8400 at 3.6ghz)
    Cooler: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283
    Memory: 8gb patriot memory running at 366mhz
    Graphics: Radeon HD 4870 (not oc)
    Storage: WD caviar black 640gig & 1TB
    PSU: BFG MX 550
    Case: NZXT Tempest

    Monitors: ASUS VE246H Black 24″ and 2 x 19″ Dell 1280×1024 (or I will once I get a card that can run three monitors at once.

    Looks like I built this machine in Jan/ Feb/2009.

    Hope to get a radeon 7870 or R9-270 for xmas and soon I might get a 120gig SSD as well.

    • holophrastic
    • 6 years ago

    Xeon X3350 quad @ 2.66
    6GB RAM (the fourth slot is dead)
    vista ultimate 64
    radeon hd 6870
    500gb, 1tb, 1tb, 1tb
    850 watt
    antec, the mirrored special edition one.
    3×30″ NEC lcd3090wqxi
    asus xonar dx
    hauppauge wintv
    truly ergonomic, blank
    razer lachesis
    asus motherboard with wifi I’ve never used
    agere systems pci modem

    been running strong since 2006, only upgraded the gpu once, the mouse once, and the keyboard twice. Run a web development business off of it exclusively.

    • Arclight
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Phenom II x4 955BE (3,6 GHz)
    Motherboard: Asus M4A88TD-V EVO
    Memory: 2 x 4GB DDR3-1333 dual channel
    Graphics: Gainward GTX 560Ti
    Storage: WD Caviar Black 500GB
    PSU: Seasonic S12II-520W
    Case: CM 690II
    CPU cooler: Thermalright True Spirit 120

    • ermo
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]OS[/b<]: Windows 8.1 Pro x64 [b<]Motherboard[/b<]: ASUS P8Z77-V LE Plus [b<]CPU[/b<]: Intel Core i7 3770k (4.2GHz@1.2v when gaming via TurboV Evo windows tool) w/ CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo [b<]RAM[/b<]: 4x4 GiB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 9-9-9-27 1.65v [b<]Storage[/b<]: Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB (System lives on 192 GB partition), 2xWD Caviar Black 640 GB in RAID-0 for game assets (w/64GB Intel SRT SSD Cache partition assigned) [b<]Graphics[/b<]: 2x Club 3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce 3GB 1100 MHz GPU / 1500 MHz RAM [b<]PSU[/b<]: Antec CP-1000 [b<]Case[/b<]: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 [b<]Monitors[/b<]: 3x Dell S2714L 27" 1080p An assortment of older boxes: * Core i7 2600K + ASUS P8Z68-ish w/8GB DDR3-1600 RAM (parts ready, not assembled) * AMD PhII 955BE + ASUS M5A88-ish w/16 GB DDR3-1600 ECC Linux dev box * Q9400 + GigaByte P45-ish w/8GB DDR2-800 + 4850 512 MB Hackintosh * AMD PhII 720BE + ASUS M4A78-ish w/4 GB DDR2-1066 (parts ready, not assembled) * E7500 + ASRock G41-ish w/4GB DDR3-1066 + HD6450 XBMC Linux HTPC * AMD Athlon II 240e + ASUS M3A78-ish w/4GB DDR2-800 ECC Linux home server Note to self: lots of edits ensue when trying to write post the morning after office christmas party...

    • kravo
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-2500k @4,2 GHz
    CPU cooler: Thermaltake JING
    Motherboard: AsRock P67 Po3
    Memory: 2 x 2GB DDR3-1600MHz Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 560Ti OC
    Storage: , 250GB Samsung evo SSD, 1TB HDD WD 7200rpm, 300GB old Samsung HDD 5400rpm
    PSU: Chieftec 600W …I think it’s gonna die soon, after 3 years.
    Case: Cooler Master CM690

    • End User
    • 6 years ago

    Usage: Gaming
    CPU: i7-3770K @ 4.7
    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H100
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PREMIUM
    Memory: 4x4GB PC3-12800
    Storage: 960GB Crucial M500, 250GB Samsung 840 EVO, 120GB Corsair Force GT
    Graphics: Primary display – Dual EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked 4GB in SLI
    Graphics: Secondary display – Intel HD 4000
    Display: Dell U2711, Dell U2713H
    Sound: None
    Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 1500
    Power Supply: Corsair AX850
    Case: Corsair Obsidian 550D
    Keyboard: Apple
    Mouse: Mad Catz R.A.T 9
    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro

    Usage: Workstation
    CPU: i7-3720QM
    Cooler: Apple
    Motherboard: Apple
    Memory: 2x8GB PC3-12800
    Storage: SSD/HDD Hybrid – 1TB HDD with 128GB SSD as cache drive
    Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    Display: Thunderbolt Display
    Sound: Apple
    Headphones: Creative WP-350
    Power Supply: Apple
    Case: Mac mini
    Keyboard: Apple Wireless
    Mouse: Apple Magic Trackpad
    OS: OS X 10.9.x

    Usage: HTPC
    CPU: i5-3210M
    Cooler: Apple
    Motherboard: Apple
    Memory: 2x8GB PC3-12800
    Storage: 500GB, 250GB Crucial M4 external (USB 3.0 boot drive), 1TB FW800 external
    Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    Display: HDTV
    Sound: Apple
    Headphones: Creative WP-350
    Power Supply: Apple
    Case: Mac mini
    Keyboard: Apple Wireless
    Mouse: Apple Magic Trackpad
    OS: OS X 10.9.x

    Usage: Linux workstation
    CPU: i7-920 @ 3.6
    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H100
    Motherboard: Asus P6X58D Premium
    Memory: 6x2GB PC3-8500
    Storage: 4 3TB WD Green, 2 120GB Corsair Force GT
    Graphics: Dual PNY GTX 570 1280MB (SLI under Windows)
    Display: Dell UltraSharp U2711
    Sound: None
    Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 1500
    Power Supply: Corsair AX850
    Case: Corsair Obsidian 550D
    Keyboard: Apple
    Mouse: Mad Catz R.A.T 9
    OS: Ubuntu 13.10, Windows 8.1 Pro

    Usage: Experimentation
    CPU: Dual Xeon X5650
    Cooler: Dual Corsair Hydro H70
    Motherboard: Asus Z8PE-D12X
    Memory: 12x2GB PC3-10600
    RAID: PIKE 2008
    Storage: 512GB Toshiba Q, 240GB Corsair Force GT, 2 640GB WD Black, 2 Momentus XT 320GB
    Graphics: Onboard
    Display: Dell 2005FPW
    Sound: None
    Headphones: None
    Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
    Case: Corsair Obsidian 700D
    Keyboard: Apple
    Mouse: None
    OS: ESXi 5.5

    • puppetworx
    • 6 years ago

    Intel C2Q Q6600 @3.5GHz [super<]>E2160 @3.4GHz[/super<] Thermalright IFX-14 Asus P5K PRO 6GB DDR2 800Mhz CL4 (2x2GB Geil, 2x1GB OCZ) PNY GTX 660 2GB [super<]>HD 5750 512MB >HD 4850 512MB >HD 3850 512MB[/super<] Samsung 840 120GB, Hitachi DeskStar 1TB [super<]>Intel X25M 80GB[/super<] Corsair HX520 LanCool PC-K59 [super<]>CM 690[/super<] Somehow the caps on the motherboard have kept going for 6 years. I still can't find an excuse to upgrade. I wish there was an unlocked budget processor that you could clock really high for great single thread performance these days - like the Pentium E2160 and E5200 were back in the day. Intel put the kibosh on all of that pretty firmly when it locked down all but their top of the line chips though and AMD has never been able to narrow the single-threaded performance gap by much.

    • hasseb64
    • 6 years ago

    Hail Sandy Bridge people, rest of you are losers!

      • Krogoth
      • 6 years ago

      Babby’s First troll.

      I’m more envious of the early Bloomfield and Lynnfield adopters. They haven’t had a compelling reason to upgrade other than reducing power consumption.

        • pedro
        • 6 years ago

        +1 for Babby ref.

        • I.S.T.
        • 6 years ago

        Dunno, it depends on the situation. There were some benches around the time ol’ SB was released that showed in a heavily threaded task SB Core i5s beating Nehalem based i7s. Some stuff got HUGE speedups.

        It all depends on the application. I know of one application that even without recompiling works far better on Haswell than on SB or IVB: a Gamecube emulator.

          • Krogoth
          • 6 years ago

          That’s only for a handful of applications that take advantage of the newer instructional sets.

          For the vast bulk of the application that are out there. Clockspeed/IPC are still king.

            • I.S.T.
            • 6 years ago

            These were not recompiled.

            Most things don’t get that much of a speedup, no, but it does occasionally happen.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 6 years ago

        I dumped my Bloomfield for power consumption reasons. 24/7 load adds up!

          • sweatshopking
          • 6 years ago

          I love a good load!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        Someone using a Nehalem-based i5 or i7 is probably at enough of a disadvantage performance-wise to upgrade to Haswell and see a nice bump.
        [url<][/url<] OTOH, Sandy owners a year later are most likely good to go. [url<][/url<] Haswell's not 2-3x faster than Bloomfield, but the difference between Bloomfield --> Haswell is 2-3x as big as the difference from Sandy --> Haswell.

          • Krogoth
          • 6 years ago

          Most of the 4770k’s bump is attributed to having a higher clockspeed (3.5-3.9Ghz stock versus 870’s 2.8Ghz-3.46Ghz) and certain applications taking advantage of the newer instructional sets.

          It is not much of a jump for people who are still on Nehalem-era stuff to upgrade especially if they overclocked their Nehalem stuff to match Haswell and Ivy-Bridge units.

          It is going to a while before they will see a massive jump on the desktop end.

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      Get outta here.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 6 years ago

        truth hurts?

          • ronch
          • 6 years ago

          Maybe, but I see no truth in his post.

            • hasseb64
            • 6 years ago

            Look again! Maybe it’s too short for understanding?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 6 years ago

      I agree with this wise man!

        • ronch
        • 6 years ago

        Birds of a feather stick together, and this ‘wise man’ is no wise man at all.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 6 years ago

      It’s funny how people discount multiple 5-10% performance improvements, they compound over a few generations – 10% twice is 21% overall, 8% twice is 16.7% – and it can make a difference. For example, a CPU at 4.2GHz that is 10% faster per clock is equal to the lower IPC CPU at ~4.6GHz. The timing of people’s purchases play a big role too. When Ivy Bridge came out, there wasn’t really a good reason to buy Sandy Bridge unless you hit a great deal.

        • LastQuestion
        • 6 years ago

        Those 10-20% improvements don’t seem all that important when my 2500k@4.6Ghz powers through all the games I play.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 6 years ago

          Yes, I didn’t say that improvements matter when a part isn’t a bottleneck or is already ‘fast enough’ (implying a bottleneck in a way), but rather that all the people complaining about ‘only 5-10% improvements per year’ don’t realize those can really add up.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            It is more like 2-10% improvements each product generation which can range from 1-2 years. (Intel has no incentive to go on the aggressive and AMD is barely holding on.)

        • Krogoth
        • 6 years ago

        Sandy Bridge had new instructional sets, but its biggest changes over its Lynnfield/Bloomfield predecessors is that layout of the silicon was completely different. It also had a build-in intergrated GPU (Clarkdales had it before, but they were based on Westmere family). The new layout net considerable improvements in multi-core efficiency and hyper-threading performance (This is where most of the 5-25% improvements over Bloomfield/Lynnfield come from).

        Ivy Bridge was pretty much a die shrink of Sandy Bridge. It offer no new instructional sets. There were some little tweaks, but it only amount to ~1-2% gain in IPC in the best case. The only significant change was that it updated the PCIe controller to handle 3.0 standard.

        Haswell offered quite a bit more over Ivy Bridge (TXT [only on certain models], improved integrated GPU, new voltage regulator etc.)

        • hasseb64
        • 6 years ago

        Very few update their rig at every new generation, IVY BRIDGE was a step down, CPUs went HOT HOT HOT!

          • Krogoth
          • 6 years ago

          Ivy Bridge was a step forward. It did reduce power consumption and voltage requirements for sane and lower clockspeeds. The problem is that 22nm process needs a ton of volts to reach higher clockspeeds. The 22nm heats up fast when you feed it volts. This got compounded by the whole thermal paste/IHS affair.

          Removing the IHS helps remedy this, but it is at the risk of voiding your warrant and making the silicon vulnerable to the physical stresses of the HSF and water-block mounting.

          Ivy Bridge and Haswell can overclock beyond 5Ghz, but you need to have exotic cooling to keep the chips from burning out (even with delided chips)

      • vargis14
      • 6 years ago

      I have no idea how it makes other people losers. But I hail my Sandy Bridge CPU . The CPU gods were nice enough to give me a 5+ ghz chip. But 4705mhz is plenty fast when using 1.375v . I need better cooling to run 5ghz @ 1.45v unless ambient temps are very low…around 5-10c then my little 120mm radiator can handle the heat. But its too cold in the room to enjoy it. Besides why push the cpu for a few hundred MHZ when it is 3 years old and the chances of me finding another golden 2600/2700k coin to replace it are very slim.

      When I need to go faster then my current overclock I will pick up a better cooler. Until then she is going to stay the way she is now

      It is kinda funny that some people think that 2700k chips are cherry picked to go faster when the fact is they are the same silicone as a 2600k. They were introduced so Intel could make more money per chip on people unfamiliar with Sandy Bridge overclocking.

    • nia
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-750
    Motherboard: ECS H55H-i (The only Mini ITX mobo I could find for Socket 1156)
    Memory: GSkill 16gb (8×2) 1600 DDR3
    Graphics: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 2GB unlocked to full 6970 shaders
    Storage: 64GB Samsung 830, 4TB Seagate, 2TB WD Caviar Green
    PSU: Rosewill RX750-S-B 750W
    Case: Bitfenix Prodigy

    I had this build overclocked to 4ghz in a HAF 922, on a Gigabyte Motherboard, but then the mosfets on the Gigabyte died in a fantastic mess of blue fire, magic smoke, and fried, gooey, melted components. I then switched to a Bitfenix Prodigy and bought the only mini ITX board I could find to fit this CPU.

    • Meadows
    • 6 years ago

    FX-8350 (permanently at 4200 MHz)
    ASUS M5A97 (NB & interconnects at 2520 MHz)
    4Γ—[b<]4[/b<] GiB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 GeForce GTX 660 Ti Samsung 840Pro [b<]256 GB[/b<], Samsung HDD [b<]500 GB[/b<], Samsung F3 HDD [b<]1 TB[/b<] FSP Aurum Gold 500 W Thermaltake VM3000 series V4 black

    • I.S.T.
    • 6 years ago

    Mobo: MSI Z87-G41

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570S

    RAM: Kingston HyperX Black DDR3 1600 4GB X 2

    PSU: SeaSonic SSR-450RM 450W(Easily one of the best lowish wattage PSUs out there, plus it’s modular)

    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl(Worst case I have ever worked with in my life including pre-built cases. Avoid at all costs. If I could afford to replace it I would)

    GPU: ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5(It’s one of their Direct CU II cooled cards and my god is this cooler insanely good and quiet. If you’re looking for an ASUS card find one with a Direct CU II cooler)

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

    Disc Drive: LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM UH12NS30

    HDs: 1 WD Caviar 160 gig 7200 RPM, 1 Samsung Spinpoint F4 5300 RPM 2 TB, and one I think Seagate 5400 RPM 320 GB.

    Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2212HM

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

    Keyboard: Some old HP Keyboard that I will die before I give up. It’s about as old as TR itself is, and functions very well.

    Mouse: Random Cheapo Logitech Mouse.

      • Krogoth
      • 6 years ago

      Strange that you considered the Fractal Refine R4 to be a bad case.

      I never had any problems with my unit. The layout is standard fare for a higher-end ATX mid-tower. You have plenty of space for extra long video cards. The PSU lies on the bottom of the chassis. The mounting for 3.5″ and 2.5″ bays are horizontal. You have tooless 2.5″ and 3.5″ mounting brackets. The space behind the motherboard’s backplate has enough room to tuck away all of the extra wiring and there are a few holes to consolidate the cabling into bundles. There are many slots for 120mm chassis fans along with removable dust filters. The stock fans are sufficient for a mid-range build and are pretty quiet.

      The only “flaws” would be the lack of a removable motherboard tray and you have to remove the motherboard in order to use mounting for two “extra” 2.5″ slots that are located on the back-end of the motherboard tray. I never care for removable motherboard trays to begin with, but I can see their appeal.

      It is a league above the generic “no-name” off-shelf chassis and Cheftec stuff.

        • I.S.T.
        • 6 years ago

        My issues are as follows: the motherboard won’t line up properly with the back, so I have a damn sound card that isn’t screwed in properly. The USB 3 and front sound port connectors are too short and I had to actually undo the fancy routing they had for them to actually make them reach my motherboard/sound card, and I’m pretty sure the front sound port connectors popped out. The front sound ports do not function, so either it was popped out(I’d pull the case out to check, but it’s incredibly heavy for a cripple like myself) or the front sound ports were defective.

        In addition, the door on the front couldn’t be easily removed for easy access to the front, and if you have your case on/near the floor like myself, that means you have a huge door to deal with. It was also far too easy to accidentally close, which would reduce the cooling performance. My dad ultimately had to unscrew the door from it.

        (As an aside, the newegg photos for it didn’t really make it clear it had a door, otherwise I woulda picked a different case. I’m not sure who to blame for that)

        I’ve worked with HP cases used in 500 dollar PCs that were easier to use than this piece of crap. It’s a terrible case. The only good part is that it’s got plenty of room for anything you want to throw in.

          • Krogoth
          • 6 years ago

          I do admit that chassis is bit on the heavy side. It is still a far cry from the old AT towers that were made with Stainless Steel.

          I never had a problem aligning an ATX board into my unit. Perhaps you have a defective chassis which does happen (mounting holes are off alignment by a few millimeters). The cable length for the front-panel port is sufficient for most motherboards which tend to place the front-panel controllers near the front of the motherboard. You may run into problems with some motherboards that put their connectors on the back of the board. This isn’t unique to this chassis either. There are number of other chassis having the same caveat. It does suck when you have the wrong combo.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 6 years ago

            Some people like their cases to match their gfs. dont be a hater bro.

    • south side sammy
    • 6 years ago

    thanks for all the information. now know where to send my “elves” for pre Christmas shopping……. lol

    biostar m-atx mobo
    4gigs ocz platnum…….. i hear these will soon become collectors items…..
    7200rpm HD
    2gig 5450 amd

    plays COD2 and similar, and older games in my collection on my tv at 720p really well………. but really retired it to run movies ( dvd’s )

    it’s the oldest running machine i still have. my p4’s and older couldn’t be tolerated and ended up in the junk bin. long gone.

    • low510
    • 6 years ago

    CPU- Intel Core I7 2600K 3.4GHz
    HSF- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard- Asus P8Z68-V Pro/GEN 3
    Memory- Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
    Video Card- Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB
    Storage- Samsung 840 Pro 256gig SSD
    Western Digital Black 1TB
    Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB
    Power Supply- Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2
    Case- Corsair Graphite 600T CC600TM
    Optical Drive- LG 12X BD-R
    Mouse- Logitech G500
    Keyboard- Corsair Vengeance K70
    Monitor- 27” LG Flatron E2742
    Router- Asus RT-AC66R
    Speakers- Logitech Z-5500 5.1 THX
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

    • Kougar
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: i7 4770K
    Mainboard: GB Z87-UD5H
    RAM: 32GB Crucial 1.35v 1600Mhz
    Graphics: GTX 480 Hydrocopper
    Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX
    PSU: Corsair AX1200
    Case: CM HAF-X with a triple 140mm rad hidden in the top.

    My only two regrets: not waiting until BF to upgrade from my i7 920, and buying the “K” chip.

    • crabjokeman
    • 6 years ago

    Cyril, you need some new friends who aren’t hardware whorez lusting after the latest and greatest regardless of whether it actually helps their use case(s)…

    The system you describe is far from “decrepit” or even just plain old. I wouldn’t even call an X2 or Core2 Duo system decrepit. Some P4 or Athlon64 sinigle-cores systems may be starting to fall in that category, but even they can be useful in the right circumstances (no, not just file servers).

      • Meadows
      • 6 years ago

      I actually agree. If Cyril is a “laggard”, what does that say about most regular folks? The PC in the original post is nothing to be ashamed of. “Could be upgraded” and “should be upgraded” rarely go together.

      • End User
      • 6 years ago

      My brother-in-law is still using my X2 4800+ rig. I’d say a modern tablet would be a better option as a day-to-day device.

      I gave him a 2012 dual core Mac Mini for xmas last year and he was shocked at the difference in performance between it and his “big PC”. At some point old hardware (8+ years!) should just be retired.

        • sweatshopking
        • 6 years ago


          • End User
          • 6 years ago

          Corollas (and their drivers) are pieces of crap.

          Are you still using you hp touchpad?

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            >implying that choice of vehicle has anything to do with the character of the person.

            • End User
            • 6 years ago

            I’m not implying. I’m telling you. Corolla drivers are crap.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            >implying that vehicle of choice has anything to do with the skill of the driver.

            • End User
            • 6 years ago

            Checking in while I wait to get my hair cut at my barber. What did I see in the road on the way over you ask? CRAP COROLLAS being driven like CRAP. Learn to drive properly people.

            • Flying Fox
            • 6 years ago

            That’s just specific statistics at work, meaning dumb drivers more than likely would choose a Corolla, not the other way around.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            It doesn’t help that Corollas are among the most sold vehicles in history. So you would expect a higher occurrences of bad drivers using them solely because of statistics.

            I have my own share of anecdotes where the drivers behind the wheel of higher-end sports cars have way too much “car” to handle. Do I make the faulty generalization that all higher-end sport car drivers are clueless jerks on the road? No. Idiots on the road come in all shapes, vehicles and states.

            BTW Corollas are adequate as a commuter and casual driving platform. It doesn’t pretend to be something that its is not (sports car, off-roading, hauling massive loads etc.)

            It may be a shock to you, but not everybody holds cars high in regard as you do. (Recalling your fascination with Porsche Singer). They see them as a tool/appliance nothing more. Likewise, how most people don’t know or care about the clockspeed and model of CPU/GPU driving their computers.

            • Voldenuit
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]It may be a shock to you, but not everybody holds cars high in regard as you do. (Recalling your fascination with Porsche Singer). They see them as a tool/appliance nothing more. Likewise, how most people don't know or care about the clockspeed and model of CPU/GPU driving their computers.[/quote<] (One of) The problem(s) with the Corolla is that they are by now rather dated compared to the competition (even the new 2014 Corolla). It's okay if some ppl want to view their cars as appliances, but it's not okay if they want to buy something that's below its competitors in price/performance/build quality. Right now, Corolla is only successful because of the name, based on a reputation for build quality and reliability that Toyota has squandered in the past several years (every single model in Toyota;s lineup was recalled at least once last year). And considering their IIHS crash test results, they aren't as safe as some other modern compact sedans, either.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            Pretty much nailing “Branding 101”.

            It is akin to how later Netburst products outsold their superior K8 counterparts. It is also the same reason why Intel kept the Pentium brand alive.

            • End User
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]I have own share of anecdotes ...[/quote<] Bla bla bla. YOU OWN A COROLLA! AHAHAHAHAHA

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            Not even close.

            Faulty logic and reasoning is always faulty.

            • Voldenuit
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]YOU OWN A COROLLA! AHAHAHAHAHA[/quote<] He needed a car to be unimpressed by. It all makes sense, really.

            • sweatshopking
            • 6 years ago

            No, I gave it to my brother. I hate android, so was happy to be rid of it. Now I have an ativ, and I’ll never buy another Samsung computer. I literally can’t turn it off, or it won’t turn on. It requires a hard reset everytime. Its a known driver issue, among many others. Never buy Samsung phones or computers.

          • LastQuestion
          • 6 years ago

          Computers don’t have speed limits which dictate the amount of time one must spend in ‘waiting’ to arrive at the desired destination.

          Please pick a different analogy.

          Edit: Oh, wait, its SSK…Nevermind

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        My parents are using something similar, if slightly newer. Athlon II X2, 4GB of memory, onboard nVidia 6150 graphics, and Win7. Plenty for the kinds of things they do.

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      It’s interesting how PCs are ‘old’ after just 2 or 3 years of use. Hey, what about my 8-year old CRT TV or my 6-year old telephone?

      Anyway, with today’s computers not really advancing as quickly as they used to, PCs will inevitably last people longer, and that good: too much electronic waste is sitting around collecting dust.

    • atcrank
    • 6 years ago

    Athlon 620e, Asus 7790 (1GB), 8GB KVR 1333, Asus M4A785T-M, Samsung 830 256GB, WD Green 1TB, WD Green 2TB, E-mu 1212m, Dvico HD Dual Digital 4 TV tuner, Hyper 212 Evo (mounted ironically), Antec Earthwatts Platinum 450W. MythTV on Ubuntu 13.10; Windows 8 for music / games about once every six months. <– My main PC per my sig.

    The Athlon 620e is not showing its age as much as you would think, performance wise. Power consumption is around 80W with everything on but idling, which I’m not happy with. The Emu 1212m is a fantastic low noise card, connected to Alesis M1Active 520USB. The 7790 is also pretty great. Getting either to meet their potential in Linux has been a chore / borderline impossible. The 7790 situation should improve in the next year or two as the progress on LLVM backends for GCN, kernel features and the Radeonsi driver goes from experimental to working and optimised. Recently got a Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience steering wheel / pedal set for TORCS – lots of fun for not much money.

    In the shed, I can’t throw out an Athlon 2500XP with 1GB DDR (400), Nvidia 6200 and its raison d’etre sound card – the Guillemot Maxistudio ISIS. Windows ME forever.

    • madmanmarz
    • 6 years ago

    AMD f@g reporting in

    Processor: 8320 @ 4.5
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 Evo
    Memory: 8GB Patriot @ 7-8-7 1T / 1500
    Graphics: HIS R9 270 @ 1100/1500
    Storage: Seagate Momentus XT 750GB
    PSU: Ultra LSX 750
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred all modded up with all dem waters.

    • Delta9
    • 6 years ago

    Main Desktop:
    CPU: Intel i7 2600k @5.0ghz
    Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro (custom orom flashed for raid 0 trim support)
    Memory: 16GB (4GBx4) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1866 1.5v
    Graphics: 2x Radeon HD 5870 CF
    Storage: 2x Samsung 830 256GB (Raid 0 with working trim), 1TB WD Black, 2TB WD Green
    PSU: Corsair HX 850
    Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
    Custom water cooling loop, including pair of EK waterblocks for the crossfire 5870s
    2x Dell U2410 16:10 IPS monitors

    Second PC:
    CPU: AMD FX6300 @4.7GHZ
    Mobo: Asus M5A97
    Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) Gskill Ripjaws DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Radeon HD5870 1GB
    Storage: 2x OCZ Vertex 3 64GB (RAID 0), 2x 1TB Samsung 7200rpm
    PSU: OCZ Elite Extreme 800w
    Case: Antec 600 version 2.0
    CPU Cooling is a Scythe Muegen 2 with 2x120mm S-flex fans in push/pull
    Sharp 47″ 1080p 120hz TV, Sceptre 24″ 16:10 TN LCD
    Logitech MX 1000 Bluetooth keyboard and mouse

    • odizzido
    • 6 years ago

    I have:

    i5 750(stock)
    5850(600mhz GPU, 950 memory)…yes, below stock
    8gigs of ram

    and 4HDs totaling about 4TB of space.

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 6 years ago

    Desktop: Dell Dimension 4100

    Processor: Pentium III 667
    Motherboard: Dell OEM (unknown)
    Memory: 512 MB DDR
    Graphics: No-name Nividia GPU without a heatsink, can’t find the drivers on the website
    Sound: Creative Labs SB Live Value
    Storage: 32GB Seagate IDE HDD.
    Optical drives: 32x CD player and a floppy drive
    PSU: Dell OEM
    Case: Dell OEM
    Monitor: 17″ 768p
    OS: Windows ME

    (In all seriousness, that desktop hasn’t been booted up for the past 6 years)

    • Concupiscence
    • 6 years ago

    Workstation (Carpenter – all my computers are named after film directors)

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 @ stock
    Heatsink/fan: Zalman CNPS9900ALED
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme4
    Memory: 24 gigs Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics: 2048 MB MSI Geforce GTX 660
    Storage: 2x 500 gig SATA hard drives
    PSU: Corsair Builder 600W PSU
    Case: Cooler Master CM690
    Operating System: Xubuntu 13.04 (planning to jump ship to Cinnamon Mint as soon as I get an SSD)

    Originally I built this for serious computational modeling, only to realize afterward that there’s no way I could bring the necessary data home due to IP issues. Ah, well – it plays video games fine, is godlike for VM hosting, and eats Blu-ray transcoding for breakfast, so I probably won’t need to build a new rig for half a decade. That feels [b<]good.[/b<] HTPC (Miyazaki) CPU: Celeron G1610 @ stock Heatsink/fan: Stock Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Memory: 12 gigs Corsair DDR3-1333 (I overdid it, but I had the RAM laying around...) Graphics: 1024 MB Gigabyte Radeon 7750 Storage: 1x 120 gig Samsung 840 SSD, 1x Seagate terabyte hard drive for media PSU: Antec 450W (maybe a new Basiq? Got good reviews) Case: a flimsy, generic thing by MSI because the server case I wanted to use was 3/4" too long to fit into the entertainment center Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (thank you, student licensing) I'd love to upgrade the CPU, but 'til it's possible to find a sub-95W i5 for $100 I can't rationalize the expense. As it is it's easily twice as fast as the Athlon X2 5050e it replaced. In the next week or two I may inherit an old Pentium D and set it to work [s<]embarrassing itself[/s<] running some crufty old stuff that doesn't behave well outside of a native XP install.

    • PainIs4ThaWeak1
    • 6 years ago

    Asus Sabertooth X79
    PCP&C Silencer 910
    Intel 3930k – 1.3v – 100×44 – 4.44GHz
    Corsair H100i
    16GB G.Skill DDR3 2133MHz
    eVGA GTX 680 4GB SLi
    Corsair 650D

    Asus P5QC w/ NB fans
    PCP&C Silencer 750
    Intel E8400 – C0 – 1.4v – 455×9 – GTL=0.61x – 4.11GHz
    ZEROTherm Nirvana 120 HSF
    4GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 – 2.12v – 1093MHz
    eVGA GTX295+ w/ BP
    Raidmax Smilodon

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    No one hee using a VIA CPU???

      • Takeshi7
      • 6 years ago

      I have a server with a VIA CPU.

      Processor: VIA C3 800MHz Samuel 2
      Motherboard: PCChips M789CG(3.0A)
      Memory: 1GB OCZ DDR-400 running at DDR-266
      Graphics: VIA CLE266 Unichrome
      Storage: 1x 120GB PATA Maxtor drive
      PSU: PicoPSU 120W
      Case: None. Screwed to aluminum backplate.

    • wierdo
    • 6 years ago

    Primary PC:

    Processor: I7-4770S
    Cooling: Thermalright Macho for CPU, Noctua 140 ULN for case.
    Motherboard: Gigabyte H87M-D3H
    Memory: 16GB Crucial Ballistix PC1600 cas8.
    Graphics: Asus OCUII 660Ti 3GB.
    Storage: 1x Crucial M500 960GB SSD for OS/Apps, 1x WD Green 2TB for media.
    Case: Fractal Mini
    PSU: Seasonic 1000W Platinum
    Other: Intel a/b/g/n Centrino Wireless Card with widi.
    OS: Windows 8.1

    Went with almost silent PC build.

    Secondary PC (~10 yrs old):

    Processor: Athlon64 2.4ghz dual core 45w model.
    Memory: 4GB Crucial.
    Graphics: Radeon 6670 1GB
    Storage: 1x WD 80GB 7200rpm drive for OS, 1x WD Green 2TB for media.
    Case: Antec mid-tower, forgot model.
    PSU: Seasonic 650W Gold
    OS: Windows XP-64.

    • roguecomgeek
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.3Ghz with Corsair H80 water cooling
    Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2X8GB DDR3
    Graphics: 2X MSI N770 Lightning GeForce GTX 770 2GB in SLI
    Display: 27″ inch Asus Monitor at 2560×1440 and 23″ 1080p both at 60hz.
    Storage: 1x Crucial M4 256GB, 1x 10K RPM Western Digital Velociraptor 600 GB
    PSU: Corsair 750W
    Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V2

    • entropy13
    • 6 years ago

    Intel Core i7 2600k
    MSI P67A-GD65
    Kingston 2x4GB DDR3-1333MHz
    Palit GT 630 1024MB (formerly GTX 570 1280MB)
    FSP Everest 80PLUS Bronze 700W
    Thermaltake V4 Black
    Seagate SV35.5 1TB
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB

    • midoshiro
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]CPU[/b<]: Xeon E5-1620 [b<]Mobo[/b<]: ASRock X79 Extreme6 [b<]Memory[/b<]: 4x8GB Kingston DDR3 ECC Unbuffered [b<]Graphics[/b<]: Sapphire Radeon 7850 [b<]PSU[/b<]: Seasonic Platinum SS-860XP2 [b<]Case[/b<]: Antec P280 [b<]Storage[/b<]: Plextor PX-256M3 Samsung 840 Evo 1TB 2x Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB 128GB Plextor SSD WD Green 2TB [b<]Sound[/b<]: SB X-Fi Titanium PCI-E [b<]Headset[/b<]: Astro A40 (thank you monopolysoft store for the coupon!) [b<]Display[/b<]: Asus PA246Q [b<]Router[/b<]: Asus RT-N16 [b<]Keyboard[/b<]: IBM Model M

    • Airmantharp
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-2500k
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4
    Memory: 16GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics: 2x EVGA GTX670 FTW
    Storage: 1x Intel 320 160GB, 1x Vertex 2 180GB (RMA’d once), 1x 1TB WD Black, 1x 2TB WD Green
    PSU: Silverstone X650 Gold
    Case: Fractal Design Define R3
    Monitor: ZR30 plus three assorted 20″ TNs
    Keyboard: Max Keyboards Nighthawk X8, Browns, white backlit, bumpers
    Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei
    Sound Card: X-Fi Fatal1ty
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD555

    • SetzerG
    • 6 years ago

    You need to upgrade? Okay, I’ll take it off your hands! If you are a laggard with a decrepit PC, what does that make me and my computer?

    [i<]My system is as follows:[/i<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] Intel E5200 Pentium Dual-Core 2.5GHz [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L [b<]Memory:[/b<] 4GB DDR2 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] MSI GeForce 460GTX (given to me by a friend when he upgraded) [b<]Storage:[/b<] Intel X-25M 80GB [b<]PSU:[/b<] PC Power & Cooling 430W (before OCZ bought them out) [b<]Case:[/b<] Lian-li PC-A01 At least I can play Skyrim. I want to play Black Flag, Civ5, and maybe the new Tomb Raider, but I don't think my system can handle them...

      • sweatshopking
      • 6 years ago

      you’re totally fine for civ v.

        • SetzerG
        • 6 years ago

        Forgot to mention I’m also running Linux… that throws a kink in things. I did try Civ5, but couldn’t find a setting where it would actually load. I’ll get Windows 7 eventually, but right now it’s super expensive, and I don’t have the disk space.

          • chuckula
          • 6 years ago

          Civ5 can run under Wine, but anything involving Wine can be a bit tricky.

          • End User
          • 6 years ago

          You have placed SSK in an interesting dilemma. If you spend any more money on your build (buying Windows) he will mock you for being an elitist monied so-and-so. On the other hand he will love you for switching to Micro$oft.

            • sweatshopking
            • 6 years ago

            or I could just GIVE him a win 8 key.

    • LastQuestion
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: Core i5 2500k@4.6Ghz
    Motherboard: Asus P8z68-v/Gen3
    Memory: 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 Mhz
    GPU: EVGA GTX 570 SC
    Storage: 1&2 TB WDC Black, 2x 3tb Seagate .14s in Raid 0
    PSU: Corsair HX850
    Case: Silverstone FT02-B
    Soundcard: Xonar STX
    Headphones: AD700s, GMP 8.35Ds, Astro A40s, HD555s
    Display: Eizo FS2333

    More storage incoming from Black Friday sales. Waiting for r9 290/X’s with aftermarket coolers to upgrade my GPU.

    • fantastic
    • 6 years ago

    I’m lagging a little. I play Minecraft and Q3. Not a big gamer… I listen to music almost all day, every day.

    Processor: Core i5-3570k (stock clocked)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus Gene uATX
    Memory: 16GB DDR3-1600 (for Photoshop, I tell myself)
    Graphics: Radeon HD 7750 (passive cooling)
    Storage: 1x Intel 330 160GB SSD, 1x 640GB WD Black
    PSU: Corsair HX450?
    Case: SilverStone PS7?
    Sound: Toslink into receiver with total overkill 3.1 setup, but I usually run 2.0 to spare the neighbors.

    I have 2 older computers in various stages. I scavenge when I upgrade, so the oldest is non-functioning. I should dispose of the oldest stuff.

    I build quieter computers. I’d love to replace all of my hard drives with SSDs, but they’re expensive. All of my computers have sound insulation and vibration isolation material.

    • Shoki
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]PC Spec's[/b<] CPU = Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.5 Ghz Motherboard = ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 Video Card = EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Memory = Corsair Vengenance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 10600) HDD = Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD, WD Caviar Green 2TB Drive for Steam PSU = Corsair AX850 Case = Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Cooling = Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme Monitor: = Panasonic VIERA 32-Inch 1080p 3D LED HDTV Operating System: = Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Media Center Keyboard = Rosewill RK-9000 with Cherry MX Blue Switches Mouse = Logitech G600

      • roguecomgeek
      • 6 years ago
    • Sahrin
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: Core i7 4770K @ 4.5 GHz
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41
    Memory: 32 GB GSkill DDR3 1867 MHz
    GPU: eVGA Classified GTX 680
    Storage: Samsung 840 240 GB, 2x Hitachi 2 TB 7200 RPM, 1x Seagate 4 TB 5900 RPM
    PSU: Seasonic 650 W
    Case: NZXT something or other
    Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000
    Mouse: Logitech G700
    Speakers: Logitech Z-640 (yep, you read that right)
    Headset: Sennheiser RS-180
    Display: Asus 278 HQ
    Wifi: Intel 6205
    Router: Buffalo Tech W1800TH (something like that)
    OS: Windows NT 6.3 b9600

    • mcnabney
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: i5-4670k
    Motherboard: Asrock Z87 Extreme 4
    Memory: 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics: XFX 7970
    Storage: 2x WD Black 640GB, striped
    PSU: CoolerMaster 650W Gold
    Case: ? brand, $25@Microcenter, six 120mm fans!
    Audio: DTS-Connect on motherboard
    Speakers: Seven channels plus two subs, Klipsch Reference, Yamaha powered
    Cooler: Boxed
    Monitor: Epson Powerlite with 120″ Dalite screen
    Keyboard: Logitech wireless
    Mouse: Logitech Anywhere
    OS: Windows 7

    Things are big and loud in my house

    • Stickem
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD X6-1055T
    Motherboard: Asus something or other
    Memory: 8gb (4x2gb) G Skill 1.35 v (saving the world 1 watt at a time)
    Graphics: Zotac 560TI
    Storage: 1TB RE4, 1.5TB Green, 2 TB Green, 3TB Green, 4TB Seagate external
    PSU: Corsair HX520
    Case: Coolermaster Elite 330(?)

    I built this about 3 years ago and still don’t have any need to upgrade.

    • Takeshi7
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core 2 Extreme QX6700
    Motherboard: MSI P6N-SLI Platinum
    Memory: 4GB G.Skill DDR2-800 4-4-4-12
    Graphics: EVGA Geforce 8800GTS 640MB SLI
    Storage: 1x 500GB Seagate
    PSU: Rosewill 750W
    Case: NZXT LEXA

    It’s old, but it still works for what I need.

      • ikjadoon
      • 6 years ago

      Chyeah! I just retired my old 8800GTX 640MB and E6600 rig. Still ran like a champ, πŸ™‚

        • Laykun
        • 6 years ago

        There were no 8800GTX 640MB. The 8800GTX only came in 768MB, whereas the 8800 GTS had 640MB and 320MB variants. I believe this was because of memory controller arragements.

      • jihadjoe
      • 6 years ago

      [quote<]Storage: 1x 500GB Seagate[/quote<] Being a consummate hoarder of digital shiny things I am amazed at how people get by on so little storage. Dated, but serviceable components I can understand, but lack of storage really boggles my mind.

        • Takeshi7
        • 6 years ago

        500GB is more than enough for me. It is still only a fraction full.

        EDIT: Oh, and I do have several small external drives collecting dust if I really needed the storage.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 6 years ago

          Nobody will ever need more than 500GB? πŸ™‚

    • bittermann
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 960T @ 3.60GHz
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS
    Memory: 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1866 @ 1333
    Graphics: XFX AMD HD 6970 – 2GB
    Storage: Samsung 256GB SSD
    PSU: 550W 80 Plus
    OS: Windows 7 Pro 64Bit

    • crazybus
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 3.2GHz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DS3L
    Memory: 8GB DDR2-800
    Graphics: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660
    Storage: 640GB WD Black, 500GB Samsung, 1TB Seagate, 2TB WD Green
    PSU: Corsair VX450
    Case: Lian Li PC-7B
    Speakers: Logitech Z-5500

    Still rocking the Core 2. I originally built this system in 2007 but the only parts that haven’t been swapped out are the case, motherboard and DVD burner.

    • Prototyped
    • 6 years ago

    I’m using what was a budget machine in 2009 when I built it, and has been upgraded with secondhand parts since.

    Case: Silverstone Sugo SG01B-F (wishing now I’d gone for a proper midtower instead)

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M85M-US2H (one of the last nVidia-chipset boards that could unlock Phenom II cores, and also had onboard graphics — “GeForce 8200” aka nForce 720a)

    Processor: 2.8 GHz [url=<]AMD Phenom II X6 1055T [i<]Thuban[/i<][/url<], the rarer 95 W variety, upgraded from an 3.1 GHz AMD Phenom II X2 550 [i<]Callisto[/i<] whose unlocked third core no longer ran stably. Heatsink/Fan: For about three weeks now, the Phenom II X2 550's stock fan, since the Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM fan mounted on the Scythe Shuriken rev. B failed and was waiting for the RMA replacement. The replacement's in; I just haven't bothered mounting it. Memory: 4 GB DDR2-800 Corsair XMS2 dual-DIMM kit. I'd have upgraded to 8 GB, but I have a policy of not throwing money at obsolescent technologies. Hard drive 1: 74 GB WD Raptor (not VelociRaptor) [url=<]WD740GD[/url<]. Still kicking around after all these years. Hard drive 2: [url=<]1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11[/url<], with the CC1H firmware that does [i<]not[/i<] result in the drive randomly dying. Though for something like half a year I've had a [url=<]3 TB 7200.14[/url<] sitting on a shelf and just haven't bothered biting the bullet and swapping them. If I'd had a bigger case I'd have left both in . . . Graphics: Secondhand Asus [url=<]Radeon HD 5770[/url<]. An upgrade to the onboard graphics, since those only feature single-link DVI, and I have a 27" 2560x1440 display that requires dual-link DVI or DisplayPort to work at full resolution. Optical: A sparingly-used LG GH22NS40 DVD writer, with modded auto-reset RPC II firmware and unset riplock (though I've never actually had to play or rip an out-of-region DVD). Power supply: 450 W Corsair HX450 modular PSU, manufactured by Seasonic. I don't think they make it any more. Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000. I was considering replacing it with a Cherry G80 model with Cherry MX Clears like I bought for work, but then decided I didn't really care. Mouse: Logitech MX518. Printer/scanner: Samsung SCX-4300. Lately the scanner calibration seems to be busted. Display 1: [url=<]DGM (Digimate) IPS-2701WPH[/url<] 27" IPS 2560x1440 display. An upgrade from . . . Display 2: . . . [url=<]Samsung F2380[/url<] 23" cPVA 1920x1080 display. Local backup: striped across two half-terabyte drives, a 500 GB WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS and a 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, sitting in an Akasa external enclosure attached via eSATA on a PCI Express x1 add-in SATA HBA that can do port multiplication.

    • Star Brood
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Dual Socket Intel Xeon 5160
    Motherboard: Dell 0DT029
    Memory: 4x4GB 533MHz DDR2 FBDIMMs
    Graphics: ASUS DirectCU II Radeon HD 7850 2GB
    Storage: 4x750GB HDD’s
    PSU: 750W
    Case: Dell Precision 690.
    Monitor: ASUS VG248QE with 2D LightBoost
    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
    Keyboard/Mouse: Razer DeathStalker & DeathAdder

    • thermistor
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: i7-960 @ 3.2 Stock, tho CPU-Z says 3.34 GHz? stock cooling
    Mobo: Asus P6T, X58
    Ram: 3 x 2 GB DDR3 Corsair with an XMS profile to run @ 1600 MHz (small volt bump to do that…)
    Storage: 3 x 500Gb Spinpoints in RAID0 + WD Green 800 Gb. Spinpoints are single platter, I think, always cool to the touch…
    Graphics: Powercolor 6870
    PSU: Cooler Master 750, good enough for anything except crazy
    Case: Cooler Master 590, very functional windowless black box
    Misc: Asus optical, Gigabyte branded KB, M$ mouse, Samsung 22″ TN panel @ 1680 x 1050 (tried the Eyefinity, but Skyrim didn’t support, so I went back to 1 display), Vista 64 Ultimate, onboard sound, Fatality gaming headset, Logitech Extremepro joystick (works great for Privateer in DOSBox!)

    Next upgrades, hmmm. I’m thinking SSD is really the next big thing, though need SATA 6GB/s to really leverage that. Board only supports SATA II, so a PCIe-SATA 6 card will be necesary. Whole new system to move up to USB3/SATA3? It’s really unnecessary for me at this point.

    My habit of giving my spouse the hand-me-down computer is rather silly. She still has a Intel Q6700 that gets subjected to online shopping, facebook, and dropbox. Not much of a workout…

    • grndzro
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 @ 4.2ghz
    Video Card: AMD Radeon 7850 @ 1100mhz
    Ram: 8GB DDR3-1600 @ 7-8-7-22 1C
    OS: Windows 8.1 x64
    Storage: WD 320 Black
    Case: Open bench

    • credible
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: i5-2500k
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO
    Memory: 8GB G-Skill DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Asus GTX 660TI OC
    Storage: Samsung 840 128GB and a few mechanicals
    PSU: Seasonic 750W Gold
    Case: Cooler Master-HAF-X
    Audio: HT-Omega Claro II
    Speakers: Edifer-S330D 2.1
    Cooler: Corsair H80i
    Monitor: Dell U2713HM
    Keyboard: Logitech G-15
    Mouse: Logitech G602
    OS: Windows 8.1

    Provided nothing breaks I see this being more then enough for me for hopefully quite a few years yet.

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    Ooh! Is this a contest to see who has the best specs? Winner gets a Sempron!

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 @ lowered voltages, stock speeds
    Board: MSI 990FXA-GD65, BIOS 19.9
    RAM: 2 x G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1866
    GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD7770 1GB
    WiFi adapter: TP-Link TL-WN723N
    HDD: Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB
    ODD: LG 24x
    PSU: Cooler Master GX650 (newer version)
    Case: Aerocool VS3
    Display: LG W2252TQ 22″ TN LCD
    Keyboard: Logitech Newtouch 400 (or something)
    Mouse: A4tech basic mouse

    Edit – Oh yeah, I forgot, I’m also using my Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium PCIe with this system, hooked up to an LG 2.1 set of speakers that came with a DVD player (kinda like a home theatre package). As for upgrading, I don’t plan to upgrade or ditch this system for a long time. 5 years, maybe. Also, I don’t recall seeing anyone here mentioning using a sound card.

    • ikjadoon
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-4570K @ 4.5GHz w/ Noctua NH-U14S
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
    Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance @ 2200MHz (CL9)
    Graphics: EVGA GTX 770 2GB SC ACX (stepping up to a GTX 780 for a mere $144)
    Storage: 250GB Samsung 840 EVO
    PSU: Kingwin LZP-1000
    Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540

    Built it for a snazzy $1,231! πŸ˜€

    • internetsandman
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-2600k
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Gene (I think it’s the 4 at least)
    Memory: 16GB G-skill DDR3 1600
    Graphics: EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB
    Sound: Asus Xonar Essence STX
    Storage: WD Black 1TB, Corsair Force 120GB, Samsung 840 Pro 512GB
    PSU: Corsair AX650
    Case: Fractal Design Define Mini

    I’ve found the desire to upgrade since this rig was built about 3 years ago to be incredibly lacking

    • RickyTick
    • 6 years ago

    Case: Corsair 650D
    Motherboard: MSI XPower Big Bang X58 (Courtesy of an awesome TR giveaway 3 years ago TYVM!!)
    CPU: Intel i7-950
    Cooler: Corsair H80i
    Ram: 12gb (3x4gb) G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600
    PSU: Corsair AX750
    HDD: WD Black 1TB

    The only thing really slowing me down is the HDD. I just haven’t seemed ready to pull the trigger on an SSD yet. I think I’m just waiting to make a complete system rebuild maybe next year.

    • marvelous
    • 6 years ago

    I stopped itching for upgrades a while back.

    Sempron unlocked x2 stock
    4 gb

    • Price0331
    • 6 years ago

    Copying Cyril’s layout:
    Main Desktop:
    Processor: Core i5-4670K
    Motherboard: Some mini ITX H87 thing
    Memory: 8GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics: MSI nVidia GTX 660
    Storage: 1x Samsung 830 120GB, 1x 1TB WD Caviar Black
    PSU: XFX 650 Watt
    Case: Fractal Node 304

    Love the case more than anything honestly, such a smart/efficient layout, although it could have sported a slim DVD drive slot. Was thinking about upgrading something this holiday, but honestly I have no foreseeable benefit from doing so. This rig runs all my games well enough as it is. Was thinking about getting a decent mobile sidekick, but eh, I have a 3ds XL if I want to be entertained on the go.

    • Xorathis
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel Core i7-950 @ 4.2 GHz, cooled with a Spire Thermax Eclipse II
    Motherboard: EVGA X58 Classified III E770
    Memory: 12 GB (3x 4 GB GSkill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 MHz 9-9-9-27)
    Graphics: 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB (SLI)
    Storage: OCZ RevoDrive X2 160 GB (PCIe), Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Black
    Optical: Samsung 22X DVD Burner SH-S223F
    PSU: Corsair AX1200
    Case: NZXT Switch 810
    Sound Card: Creative X-Fi Titanium Series (PCIe)
    Speakers: Klipsch Promedia Ultra 5.1
    Display: 2x Hanns G 28” HH-281HPB
    Keyboard: Logitech G19
    Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei
    OS: Windows 8.1

    Built this system near the end of 2010. As much as I want to upgrade with all the new hotness that’s out nowadays, can’t justify spending the money. This rig still does whatever I want it to, which consists mainly of gaming πŸ™‚

    • Olreich
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Xeon E3-1230v2
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master 812 w/ Push/Pull Noctua D12s
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
    Memory: 16GB Corsair XMS2 DDR3-1600
    Graphics: MSI Twin Frozr GTX680 4GB
    Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DSX
    Storage: 1x 240GB Gorsair Force GS, 1x 2TB Seagate Barracuda, 1x “Optical Blu-ray Everything”
    PSU: Corsair AX850
    Case: Corsair 550D w/ 2x Noctua D12s & 1x Noctua D14
    Display: 27″ WQHD Shimian Achieva (no pixel defects, slight backlight bleed)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Quickfire
    Mouse: Logitech G500
    Speakers: M-Audio AV40s
    Headphones: Ultrasone 550s

    • derTorbs
    • 6 years ago

    Motherboard: Asus PT6D x58
    CPU: Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.8GHz
    RAM: 12 GB @ 1333 MHz
    GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560 Ti (MSI Twin Frozr)
    PSU: 630W Raidmax Modular
    Case: Lian Li something or other
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212
    Ssd: OCZ (R.I.P.) vertex 3 256 GB
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90
    Mouse: R.A.T. 7
    Display: Dell Ultrasharp U2711 and 23″ H2312
    Headset: Corsair Vengeance USB1500

    • ante9383
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: Core i7-3820 (8 cores including HT!!!)
    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H80
    Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Deluxe
    Memory: 4×4 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
    Storage: 1x256GB Crucial SSD, 1x128GB Crucial SSD, 1x1TB Samsung HDD, 2x2TB WD HDD, 2x2TB Seagate SSD, and another 8TB+ in external HDDs
    ASUS DVD burner
    Graphics: 2xGainward GTX 670
    Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2711
    Keyboard: Logitech G15
    Mouse: Roccat Kone+
    Sound: built-in
    Headphones: Logitech G930 wireless
    Power Supply: Cougar 800W Gold rated
    Case: ThermalTake Armor (giant big silver box from 2007)

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      Respectful correction: That CPU doesn’t have 8 cores. It has 4 cores capable of running 2 threads each. HT also doesn’t mean there are 4 real cores and 4 virtual cores.

        • Concupiscence
        • 6 years ago

        Correct: this is where the separation of logical and physical cores becomes important to learn. The extra threads in an i3 or i7 are chiefly used for efficient instruction scheduling, like the Pentium 4s that originated the tech a decade ago. For a well-threaded application it can make a significant difference, but it’s not on par with a doubled number of discrete cores.

    • just brew it!
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: AMD FX-8320
    CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 (stock cooler was too loud)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0
    Memory: 16GB Kingston DDR3-1333 unbuffered ECC
    Graphics: Asus Radeon HD 6450 (passive cooling)
    Storage: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 (RAID-1) *
    PSU: Cooler Master 500W
    Case: Some ancient Antec mid-tower I’ve had for years
    OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS with KDE desktop; VirtualBox VM with Windows 7 Pro

    * The storage is a bit misleading, as there’s several more TB of storage accessed over the LAN, in my previous 2 desktop PCs (which are all still under my desk) and a file server (in the crawlspace). I’ve been meaning to upgrade the file server and add disks to the current desktop so I can consolidate things and not need to turn the old PCs on when I need to access those files, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    I also have a 120GB Kingston HyperX SSD I want to install as the system drive.

    Obviously, with that video card this is not a gaming rig! But the beefy RAM and 8-core CPU really come in handy for futzing around with VMs, experimenting with fractal rendering (fractals are a long-time interest of mine), DAW stuff (just getting into that), etc. The only time this system feels at all draggy/laggy is when the disk really gets hammered, and that’s why the SSD upgrade is in the works.

    Edit: Should’ve also mentioned:

    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 mechanical (Cherry MX blue switches), modded with Tux (Linux penguin) keys instead of the Windows keys, a red Panic button instead of the Esc key, and rubber o-rings under the keycaps to reduce the “bottoming out” noise πŸ˜‰

    • anotherengineer
    • 6 years ago

    Main Desktop

    cpu – AMD 955BE undervolted to 1.200v w/noctua 120mm tower cooler
    mobo – Gigabyte 990xa-ud3 rev. 1.0 bios F14b (beta)
    ram – G.skill 2x4GB DDR3-1866 (@1600)
    SSD – Plextor M3S 256GB
    Liteon dvdrw some model
    psu – Seasonic 460W fanless platinum
    Video card – powercolor radeon HD6850 w/arctic cooling S1 and dual 120mm thin scythe slipstream fans
    AFT XM-35U card reader
    Network card – Intel Pro 1000/PT pcie
    Lian-Li PC-7FW case
    sound card – HT Omega Claro +
    OS – Win7 Professional x64 SP1
    monitors – samy 2233rz 120hz & Dell P2214h
    MS sidewinder x4 keyboard
    Mionix naos 8200 mouse (don’t like too slippery, although best r/l click buttons and middle scroll wheel I have ever tried)
    ext storage – Synology DS712+ NAS

    Silence is golden. System still far exceeds my usage requirements, I will probably keep using it as is until it dies. I would like to get one of those code keyboards but I don’t want to shell out $200 if it’s not that good, if only someone would do a review on it, hint hint, wink wink πŸ˜‰

    • omegajvn1
    • 6 years ago

    I have one system that I’ve upraded from back in 2006.

    At the time I had:

    CPU: Athlon 64 X2 3800+ OC’d from 2.0 Ghz to 2.5 Ghz
    RAM: Corsair Dominator 4 GB RAM 1066 Mhz
    Storage: Seagate 250 GB HDD
    MOBO: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe
    GPU: Nvidia 9800 GTX 512MB OC’d to 800 Mhz from 675 Mhz
    Case: some random Aspire case (later company changed to Apevia I think)

    Upgraded in 2012 to this beast that makes me OH-SO-HAPPY:

    CPU: Intel 2600k OC’d to 4.4 Ghz
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance16GB 1600Mhz
    Storage: 120GB Corsair Force GT, two 1TB Samsung HDD’s
    MOBO: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (was ASUS P8Z68-V Pro, but SATA ports kept dying on me)
    GPU: AMD 7970 3GB OC’d to 1100Mhz
    CASE: Corsair Carbide 400R with an window cut-out I did

    I love my current build and will probably keep for a while and Crossfire an ASUS Direct CU II 280X when it’s necessary (which isn’t for a while)

    • dockerthedog
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-2700K @ 4.6 on a custom XSPC Raystorm, RX360 rad loop
    Motherboard: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H
    Memory: 8GB G Skill DDR3-2133
    Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce 2GB
    Storage: 1x OCZ Agility 3 120GB (Win7), 3x Seagate 1GB Raid 5 (Pics, Music), 2x Hitachi 1GB in Raid 0 (Games)
    PSU: Corsair HX750
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
    Monitor(s) Acer S275HL (main) 2x Acer G246HLAbd (on each side)

    • bhtooefr
    • 6 years ago

    Well, given that my most powerful boxes are a laptop (i7-3615QM, GT “650M”) and a 1U rackmount server (2x Xeon L5420) respectively, and most of the stuff below that is also laptops…

    The most powerful desktop I own, although it’s in storage (the second and third most powerful desktops I own are also in storage):

    [b<]Sun Blade 2500 Silver[/b<] (brescia) [b<]Processor:[/b<] 2x UltraSPARC IIIi 1.6 GHz [b<]Memory:[/b<] 8 GiB DDR1, ECC registered I think [b<]Graphics:[/b<] XVR-600 (not in use due to driver issues), fake 32 MiB XVR-100 (read: a Radeon 7000 Mac Edition reflashed) [b<]Storage:[/b<] 73 GB 10k RPM SCSI, I think Seagate The four desktops I've got in my apartment... [b<]IBM RS/6000 7011-250[/b<] (korora) [b<]Processor 1:[/b<] PowerPC 601, 80 MHz [b<]Processor 2:[/b<] P/390, 17.7 MHz [b<]Memory for main CPU:[/b<] 64 MiB of FPM I think? ECC, I think? [b<]Memory for second CPU:[/b<] 128 MiB of something [b<]Graphics:[/b<] IBM POWER GXT150 [b<]Storage:[/b<] 1x 18 GB UltraStar 10k RPM SCSI [b<]Acorn A3020[/b<] (sapling) [b<]Processor:[/b<] ARM250 at 12 MHz [b<]Memory:[/b<] 4 MiB [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Integrated VIDC1a in ARM250 [b<]Storage:[/b<] IBM WDA-2120 120 MiB (yes, MiB) PATA [b<]Apple IIGS A2S6000[/b<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] ZipGSX caching accelerator with a W65C816S at 12.5 MHz, 64 kiB L1 cache [b<]Memory:[/b<] 256 kiB on motherboard, 4 MiB RAM-GS [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Integrated Mega II/VGC [b<]Storage:[/b<] CFFA3000 with a Lexar 4 GiB CF card and a no-name 8 GiB thumb drive [b<]Mimeo-1[/b<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] MOS 6502 [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] Mimeo (very close replica of the original Apple-1 motherboard) [b<]Memory:[/b<] 8 kiB on motherboard, 32 kiB on CFFA1 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] None, but integrated text terminal [b<]Storage:[/b<] CFFA1 with 256 MiB CF card [b<]PSU:[/b<] Stancor transformers [b<]Case:[/b<] Sheet of oak plywood, with some aluminum standoffs, and I need to add a sheet of plexi on top and something to keep hands out of the power supply My work desktop... [b<]Dell OptiPlex 990[/b<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] Core i5-2500 [b<]Memory:[/b<] 4 GiB of DDR3 of some kind, don't care what kind, just wish I had more [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Integrated graphics [b<]Storage:[/b<] 250 GB spinning platters, don't remember what I pulled out of the parts cabinet when I last replaced it, probably WD [b<]Case:[/b<] OptiPlex 990 Minitower

      • Pancake
      • 6 years ago

      You win.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 6 years ago

      Do you have a museum?

      • chuckula
      • 6 years ago

      Wow, that’s a blast from the past. I did a little research, and those UltraSparc chips are single-core, so a 2x configuration is only 2 cores. Can you share some of the workloads where they outperform your i5?

      Clearly the (relatively) low memory and slow storage on the i5 box might hamper it in some situtions, but are there actual compute-bound workloads where the UltraSparc chips are faster?

        • bhtooefr
        • 6 years ago

        It doesn’t outperform the i5 in any way, shape, or form. (Except for when the i5 starts swapping.) Not even on 3D workloads.

        The reason I listed the i5 at the end is, I use it daily, but it isn’t actually [i<]my[/i<] machine. Rather, it's my employer's. (Actually, it's my employer's client's, but they lease it from my employer, so my employer actually does own it.)

      • albundy
      • 6 years ago

      Now this is a classy ladies man!

      • jihadjoe
      • 6 years ago

      Please post pictures of your museum!

      • sschaem
      • 6 years ago

      What a waste of electrons (if those legacy machines are still drawing power)
      Otherwise, nice museum you got there.

      I think I have a loaded c64, a1000, a3000 and iris indigo in storage waiting for the apocalypse.
      Sold my matell Aquarius, oric, spectrum/z81 and a2000 a long time ago, kind of regret it now…

      Nostaligia of the golden age kicking in….

        • bhtooefr
        • 6 years ago

        That’s actually not everything, just my most powerful desktop, the retrocomputer desktops that aren’t in storage or elsewhere, and my work desktop.

        Also, most of the legacy machines don’t run 24/7.

        The full list (not including handheld devices (so the eMate, being based on a handheld OS, gets left off)), minus the machines I already listed – most of this is in storage – in rough order of processor power:

        [b<]MacBook Pro Retina 15", Mid-2012[/b<] (bhtooefr-mbpr, actively on the network) [b<]Processor:[/b<] Core i7-3615QM [b<]Memory:[/b<] 16 GiB LP-DDR3 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] GeForce "GT 650M" (yet clocked faster than a GTX 660M, stock) [b<]Storage:[/b<] Samsung PM830-based 256 GiB SSD [b<]Dell CS24-SC[/b<] (uncannyvalley, actively on the network) [b<]Processor:[/b<] 2x Xeon L5420 [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] Derived from Quanta QSSC-295MB I think [b<]Memory:[/b<] 16 GiB DDR2 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Aspeed AST2000 [b<]Storage:[/b<] 3x Toshiba 1 TB 7200 RPM drives in raidz1 [b<]Fujitsu P1620[/b<] (Ko-Hyoteki) [b<]Processor:[/b<] Core 2 Duo U7600 [b<]Memory:[/b<] 2 GiB DDR2 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] GMA 950 [b<]Storage:[/b<] 60 GB 1.8" PATA HDD [b<]Apple iBook G4/1.2 GHz, 12 ", Late 2004[/b<] (bhtooefr-ibook, I think) [b<]Processor:[/b<] PPC 7447a 1.2 GHz [b<]Memory:[/b<] 1.25 GiB DDR [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Mobility Radeon 9200 [b<]Storage:[/b<] 160 GB Samsung PATA HDD [b<]Acer Aspire One D250[/b<] (KiaAvella) [b<]Processor:[/b<] Atom N270 [b<]Memory:[/b<] 2 GiB DDR2 [b<]Graphics:[/b<] GMA 950 [b<]Storage:[/b<] 160 GB WD 2.5" SATA HDD [b<]Dell Dimension 2100[/b<] (bhtooefr-server) [b<]Processor:[/b<] Celeron (Coppermine) 1.1 GHz [b<]Memory:[/b<] 384 MiB SDRAM [b<]Graphics:[/b<] i810 [b<]Storage:[/b<] 40 GB Samsung PATA HDD, 2x 1 TB Hitachi SATA HDD [b<]Carrera Cobra LX[/b<] (I forget this thing's name, I know it has one) [b<]Processor:[/b<] DEC Alpha 21164 533 MHz [b<]Motherboard:[/b<] DEC PC164LX [b<]Memory:[/b<] 512 MiB EDO? [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Matrox Millennium [b<]Storage:[/b<] Quantum Bigfoot CY 4.3 GB [b<]Acorn RiscPC[/b<] (riscybusiness) [b<]Processor:[/b<] StrongARM 233 MHz [b<]Memory:[/b<] 96 MiB EDO [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Integrated VIDC20 with 2 MiB VRAM [b<]Storage:[/b<] 4 GiB SanDisk CF [b<]Case:[/b<] Acorn A7000 case (previous owner modded it, the motherboard was the same form factor between the two) [b<]RDI PowerLite 640[/b<] (leydenjar) [b<]Processor:[/b<] MicroSPARC 50 MHz [b<]Memory:[/b<] 32 MiB [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Sun cgthree [b<]Storage:[/b<] 2x 520 MiB 2.5" SCSI [b<]GRiDPad 2050SL[/b<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] 80386SL 20 MHz [b<]Memory:[/b<] 4 MiB [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Some VGA controller [b<]Storage:[/b<] 60 MiB PATA HDD [b<]Macintosh LC[/b<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] 68030 16 Mhz [b<]Memory:[/b<] 10 MiB [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Integrated into chipset, with 1 MiB VRAM [b<]Storage:[/b<] 40 MiB SCSI HDD [b<]Apple //c[/b<] (got this one signed by Woz at KansasFest 2013) [b<]Processor 1:[/b<] 65C02 1 MHz [b<]Processor 2:[/b<] Z80 2 MHz (part of the RAM card) [b<]Memory:[/b<] 832 kiB [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Integrated [b<]Storage:[/b<] 140 kiB 5.25" FDD (soon to add a Nishida Radio UNISDISK, which will add SD support with mass storage) [b<]Hacker //e[/b<] (Taiwanese Apple //e clone) [b<]Processor 1:[/b<] 65C02 1 MHz [b<]Processor 2:[/b<] Z80 2 MHz (clone of the Microsoft SoftCard) [b<]Memory:[/b<] 128 kiB [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Integrated [b<]Storage:[/b<] Technically have a Focus IDE card in there now, although that doesn't work... I usually borrow the CFFA3000 from the IIGS. I've also got a couple floppy cards in there, so I could borrow floppy drives from the IIGS. [b<]Epson PX-8[/b<] [b<]Processor:[/b<] Z80 at 2, 3.7, or 4 MHz depending on who you ask [b<]Memory:[/b<] 64 kiB [b<]Graphics:[/b<] Driven by Hitachi 6303 processor [b<]Storage:[/b<] Microcassette drive. Seriously. I think that's everything I've got, including laptops.

    • flip-mode
    • 6 years ago

    Would have been interesting to set up top level comments for people to reply to according to their processor. Or, even better, resurrect the poll thingy. Second time in a week we could have used that poll thingy. Anyway…

    Core components build date: September 2009 (cpu, mobo, mem, case)
    Antec Sonata III
    Phenom II X4 955 running stock (crummy overclocker, go figure “black edition”)
    8 GB memory
    Gigabyte AM2 mobo
    Hyper 212 Evo
    Seasonic X 560 (quite a nice PSU)
    GTX 660 2 GB (bout a year ago or something. played Bioshock Infinite and done)
    (2) 2 TB HDD
    256 GB SSD
    (2) 1600×1200 Dell monitors
    Dell keyboard
    Logitech M310 mouse
    Altec Lansing something somethings 10 years old

    The only thing this computer doesn’t feel fast enough for is Autodesk Revit. I don’t game anymore, or that would be another sore spot. Sometimes I go a week without turning it on. My interests have shifted elsewhere. I’ve got one more build in me, I guess. I thought it would be Haswell, but Haswell just wasn’t impressive, nor was Ivy. If I’d have built a Sandy, that probably would have been my last build. Even still, this could be my last, the way things are going. Intel has not been very impressive since Sandy. Sure, power consumption is great, but performance has been flat. By the time something comes out that feels worth it to me, everything is going to be on the cloud anyway. Autodesk Revit it even moving to the cloud (Amazon, I think) and will soon be accessible through a web browser. I’m not going to have an excuse to upgrade, soon. And I’ll be very happy not to spend the money, in that case.

    • allreadydead
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-2500k@4.5 GHz (w. Noctua C14) (can go up to 5 GHz but the voltage is getting too high for my liking)
    Motherboard: ASUS Z87-Pro GEN3
    Memory: 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Asus GTX 560 DC II TOP
    Storage: 1xSamsung 830 256 gb, 2x 1 TB Samsung F3 (RAID0), 1x WD Caviar Green 2 TB.
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W
    Case: Enermax Chakra
    Audio: ASUS Xonar DSX
    Monitor: Philips 240 BW (16:10 Ratio goodness πŸ™‚ )
    Considering getting a GTX780.. Not really in mood of shelling out 500 bucks to this system tho :\

    • colinstu12
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 @ 4.3GHz (plan on upgrading to a 4930k within a year)
    HSF: Corsair H100
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79
    Graphics: eVGA GeForce GTX TITAN
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 64GB (8x8GB) DDR3 1600 (half of one of the sticks will randomly not show up in windows… no instability… need to figure out which one it is & RMA)
    Storage: 256GB Samsung 830, 2x2TB Samsung HD204UI (RAID1)
    PSU: Antec EA650 Platinum
    Case: Antec P280
    Audio: Asus Xonar Essence STX, Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250ohm
    Optical drive: Asus CD/DVDΒ±RW
    OS: Win7Pro x64
    Peripherals: Dell U3014, IBM Model M 1391404, Logitech G500, Synology DS412+ NAS with 4x WD 4TB (WD4000F9YZ) (for the whole home)

    Lenovo Thinkpad X220
    Intel Core i5-2520M
    G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3 1333
    Intel HD 3000 graphics
    128GB Samsung 830
    Win7Pro x64
    12.5″ IPS screen
    720p webcam
    Intel 6300 AGN wifi
    Lenovo 29++ 9-cell battery

    I’m fairly happy.

    • Timezone
    • 6 years ago

    I’ve been reading techreport for 2 years trying to find an excuse to upgrade my i5-750 but no such luck, now that i see that i’m not the only one i think i might just wait until 2015…

    • Krogoth
    • 6 years ago

    Primary System (almost a year old).
    Ivy Bridge i5-3570K@4.0Ghz, stock Vcore.
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
    2x4GiB of PC3-12800 G.Skill Ripsaw@ 9-9-9-24, 1600Mhz 1.5V
    EVGA 660Ti 2GiB at stock (930Mhz/6000Mhz)
    Corsair CX-600 PSU
    Crucial M4 128GiB (Boot Drive)
    1.5TB WD Green 7200RPM HDD (Local contents)
    3TiB Seagate 7200RPN External (Local back-up)
    ASUS Xonar DGX
    Fractal Refined R4 (White).

    Secondary System (Just turned five years old):
    Kentsfield B3 Q6600@3Ghz and 1.3375 Vcore
    Gigabyte EP45-DS4P
    Crucial Ballistix 2x2GiB PC2-6400, 4-4-4-12, 2.1V
    Vistontek HD 4850 @ stock, (used to have two of them in CF, but one of the cards died in a routine dust cleaning over a year ago. πŸ™ )
    OCZ Modstream 700W PSU (used to be powered by a PC P&C 610W Silencer but it died a few weeks ago)
    2x250GB Seagate HDDs, 4x160GB Seagate HDDs in RAID 5 driven by a Highpoint 2310 PCIe HBA, 120GB HDD Seagate, 2x160GB Seagates as single drives a single WD Raptor. (I got the Seagates as freebees from my old man at his previous employer. They were scrapping some prototype DVRs and had HDDs floating around πŸ˜€ )
    ASUS Xonar XG
    Lian-Li PC-7B (Black).

    Back-up System (mostly collecting dust and it used to be my old’s man rig):
    Venice A64 3200+@ 2.5Ghz (forget the Vcore, the CPU actually came from one of my early builds)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATA2
    380W Seasonic PSU (2006 era)
    2x512MiB and 1x1GiB sticks of PC-3200 Corsiar ValueRAM @ 3-3-3-15, 2.5V
    Radeon 9700PRO at stock (still works, but I had to change the HSF to an Arctic Silencer V3)
    Creative Audigy 1
    1 640GB WD Green and 250GB Seagate HDDs. (The original HDDs died or were retired)
    Some generic Chieftec Chassis (Gunmetal).

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      Hmm… Impressive.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 6 years ago

      You know Krogoth, your main system is surprisingly current given how much you like to poopoo newer/faster/better stuff.

        • Krogoth
        • 6 years ago

        Where do you get this impression for this?

        Here is some news for you. Not everyone gets a massive squee over a 5-10% gain over the previous generation.

          • RickyTick
          • 6 years ago

          “massive squee”?

          You got me there bro.?!?

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            It is a informal term. It is the onomatopoeia for when fangirls get overly excited over something.

          • chuckula
          • 6 years ago


          • MadManOriginal
          • 6 years ago

          It’s because you so often post what can be summarized as ‘yawn, this new thing isn’t very much faster, all anyone needs is XYZ instead’ and how often you poopoo higher-end gear in the same way…given how often you’ve posted that going back years, I would expect you’d have stuff that’s at least 3 generations old.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            Considering the time gap between system builds. That isn’t entirely far off.

    • Dysthymia
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]CPU[/b<]: i7 4770k @ 4.0 GHz [b<]HSF[/b<]: Hyper 212 Evo with two 120 mm fans [b<]Motherboard[/b<]: Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H [b<]Memory[/b<]: 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600 MHz, 1.25 volt [b<]Graphics[/b<]:1x PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti [b<]Storage[/b<]: 1x Samsung 830 256 GB, 1x Sandisk Ultra 120 GB, 1x Seagate 400 GB, 1x Western Digital 1.5 TB [b<]PSU[/b<]: Seasonic S12II 620W [b<]Case[/b<]: Fractal Design Define R4, black windowed

    • TwoEars
    • 6 years ago

    I am honestly surprised that so many of the people that hang around a hardware site have such old systems.

    Don’t get me wrong – if a computer works and does want you want it to there’s no need to rush for an upgrade. I’m just surprised that’s all.

      • ludi
      • 6 years ago

      One factor may be that the TR readership skews a bit older (many of us are 30+ and have houses and families) compared to some sites and many of us no longer have a critical need for the latest whiz-bang gaming hardware if the current system is still functioning.

      For myself, I got nearly five years out of a Skt939 system and retired it to HTPC duty in Fall 2011 when I built my current, i5-based system. I’m hoping to get at least five years out of this one, too.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 6 years ago

    In my sig below.

      • TwoEars
      • 6 years ago

      So you got nothing?

      • chuckula
      • 6 years ago

      I find your ability to implement a full TCP/IP stack and web browser using solely the power of your mind intriguing, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

        • Xorathis
        • 6 years ago

        Yay for Simpsons references. This made my night πŸ™‚

        • Krogoth
        • 6 years ago

        Pffft… Worst reference ever!

        • Wirko
        • 6 years ago

        … which can be delivered to you in no other way than telepathically.

    • BaronMatrix
    • 6 years ago

    Domain Controller:
    AMD 8 core 2.4GHz
    8GB 1333DDR3
    1TB HDD

    VM\IIS machine:
    AMD 12 core (forget the model)
    32GB 1333DDR3
    HD4870 (for GPU acceleration)
    240GB SSD\ 1TB hdd

    HP dual core AMD
    4GB 800DDR2 (yes, it’s gettng old)

    Main (gaming and Dev):
    AMD 8350 on MSI
    32GB 1600DDR3
    1x 500GB SSD, 2x 240GB SSDs (non-RAID), 1TB backup
    HD 6970 (will be a R9 290 when I see Toxic)

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      You owe your entire computing life to AMD, I see.

        • just brew it!
        • 6 years ago

        All of my desktop builds have been AMD since the K6 days. Last Intel-based desktop I owned was a Pentium Pro…

        The progression of my main desktop’s CPU (with some incremental upgrades omitted) was: 386, 486DX, Pentium Pro, K6, K6-2, K6-III+, Athlon “Classic” (Slot A), Athlon “Thunderbird” (Socket A), 2x Athlon XP (unlocked to MP), 2x real Athlon MP, Opteron (Socket 939), Phenom, Phenom II, FX. Exact models/clockspeeds have been lost to the mists of time. πŸ˜‰

        Edit: And there was also what I consider ancient history: My original IMSAI (with an AMD 9080, which was an Intel 8080A clone); followed by a Zilog Z-80, and a PC clone with (IIRC) an NEC x86 clone in it.

          • ronch
          • 6 years ago

          And you, sir, owe your [u<]entire life[/u<] to AMD. πŸ™‚

      • burntham77
      • 6 years ago

      Clearly the money you save using AMD chips has gone towards other things, like plenty of SSD storage. I think it’s a wise choice.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 6 years ago

    More decrepit than yours. Still gets the job done.

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-790X-UD4P
    Memory: 8GB Crucial DDR2-800
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850
    Storage: 1x Intel 80GB X25-M, 1x WD Blue 640 GB, 1x WD Red 2 TB
    PSU: Corsair CX400
    Case: Antec P150

    • f0d
    • 6 years ago

    Corsair 900D
    Asus Sabertooth x79
    i7 3930k @ 5.0Ghz
    16G Gskill 1866 @ 2000 (125 strap)
    2x Seagate 7200 2TB
    2x WD 5400 2TB
    2x Samsung 7200 1TB
    1x Seagate 5400 2TB
    1x Samsung 840EVO 250GB
    1x OCZ Vertex2 60GB
    Thermaltake 675W Toughpower
    2x GTX670 Gigabyte Windforce biosmodded 1.21V 1306Mhz

    Koolance PMP450S @24V
    XSPC RX360 with 3x Scythe Ultra kaze 3300rpm fans controlled by fan controller (usually sitting at 800rpm)
    XSPC Raystorm waterblock
    EK400mm advanced res
    Primochill 1/2″ tubing
    Bitspower fittings
    Scythe Server Kaze fan controller with a water temp sensor in the loop to control the fans
    3x Corsair 120mm fans (intake)
    1x Corsair 140mm fan (exhaust)
    3x XSPC Xinruilian fans (intake)

    • Deanjo
    • 6 years ago

    Main workhorse:

    AMD 8350 on a Asus Sabertooth 990FX/Gen3 R2.0 motherboard with 32 GB 2133 Gskill Ares ram
    2x EVGA Titan Superclocked + 1 Zotac GTX-580
    Storage: 1x 512GB Crucial M4, 4 x Hitachi 7K4000 4TB, 4 x Hitachi 7k3000 3 TB, 3 x WD Black 3 TB
    Silicon Image Raid card running flashed to non-raid
    Coolermaster Cosmos II case
    Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1200W
    3x Asus PB278Q 27″ monitors

    Second Workstation:

    Intel 3570k on a Intel DZ75ML-45K motherboard with 16 Gig of Kingston 1866
    EVGA Titan Superclocked
    Storage: 2x 120 Gig Crucial M4 + 4 x WD Black 2TB
    Coolermaster Cosmos I
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750
    2x Samsung 24″ monitors

    Steam Machine:

    Intel 3570k on a Intel DZ75ML-45K motherboard with 16 Gig of Kingston 1866
    EVGA GTX 770
    Storage: 1 X Crucial M500 500Gig 2 X WD Black 3 GB
    Fractal Design Define Mini
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610

    HTPC 1

    Intel 3225 on a DH77EB with 8 GB of 1600
    256 Gig Crucial mSATA SSD
    Silverstone GD06 with 300 Watt Antec PS

    HTPC 2 / Fileserver

    Asus P8H77M-Pro w/ G1610 Celeron 8GB ECC
    Asus GT-520
    Storage: 1 x 120 Patriot Wildfire SSD, 7 X Hitachi 7k3000 3 TB
    Antec 400 PS in a Fractal Design Define Mini

    Development Machine

    2013 Mac Mini w/ 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    16 Gig of 1600
    1×512 Crucial M4 and 1 TB Hitachi 7200 RPM 2.5 running as fusion drive
    Asus PB278Q and Samsung 24″

    (and the only copy of windows resides in a VM on the workhorse, otherwise all running openSUSE or OS X)

      • sweatshopking
      • 6 years ago


        • Deanjo
        • 6 years ago

        Oh it’s there for the time being until I grab a Xeon setup. At least it’s a PCI-e 3.0 board (with a bit of a performance penalty for not being a native PCI-e 3 setup).

          • sweatshopking
          • 6 years ago

          send it to me when you’re done with it. i promise to run linux. it’s faster than my x4 940.

            • Deanjo
            • 6 years ago

            Lol. You should come sift through the retired systems. You should find a few 955 BE and 1090T systems to cobble parts from.

            • sweatshopking
            • 6 years ago

            Wtf. I’ll pay shipping. Hook a brother up. I’ll even sign a sheet saying Ms sucks, and Linux is the balls.

            • sweatshopking
            • 6 years ago


        • kc77
        • 6 years ago

        If he’s in Linux then it makes sense. In Windows? Well there’s a performance hit (a pretty big one) but even there it depends on what he’s doing.

        On my main rig below I’m in Linux and the cost was pretty cheap to put together and it will keep pace and often beat a Intel system for the same price for what I do (video encoding + sys admn tests using VMs). The cost savings is significant (easily around $1000).

          • Deanjo
          • 6 years ago

          Well if I were to slap on Windows on each of those systems it would be about $1000.

    • Kingcarcas
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i3-3220
    Motherboard: MSI H61
    Memory: Patriot Viper 8GB
    Graphics: GTX 460
    Storage: WD 640GB
    PSU: Corsair 520HX
    Case: Coolermaster Elite 430

    650 Ti incoming!

    • jamsbong
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-2500K
    Motherboard: AsRock (erm… a full size version with 3 full PCI-E slots)
    Memory: 8GB Patriot DDR3-2133
    Graphics: GF-560 ti 1GB
    Storage: Intel SSD 330 240GB, 2TB Samsung
    PSU: N/A
    Case: N/A

    I just moved to USA and manage to bring those parts. The casing (Coolermaster) and PSU Antec was too heavy. I have not had time to get those parts assembled yet. LOL

    So ya… my computer is not working… ;-P

    • Geonerd
    • 6 years ago

    AMD 1045T. x6 SIX COREZ! 3.0GHz base, turbo to 3.9 @ stock voltage. (Mobo PS limited.)
    MSI 870-G54 πŸ™ with extra fans cooling the cheap VRM FETs.
    (Yey, it hasn’t exploded yet!)
    8GB Mushkin DDR3 @1600 or so.
    Crucial C300 64GB boot/OS/game SSD
    Toshiba 2GB internal HD
    PowerColor HD3850, 512MB (It runs rFactor just fine, the only game I play much.)
    (I’m glad the guy with the Voodoo5 posted, his awesome card makes this look a little less Flintstonian.)
    Sony 24′ CRT Trinitron. (Superb color accuracy!)
    Big, black Supermicro tower case, with gigawatt-class server PS!
    (OK, probably ~800W or so.)
    Sony DVD-RW
    Logitech FF wheel with custom pedals for racing games.
    Audigy 2 sound card.
    Rather generic Pioneer amp driving Ohm Walsh 1 speakers or HD280 headphones.

      • sircharles32
      • 6 years ago

      Just out of curiosity, how much does that 24″ CRT weigh?
      I owned a 19″ Trinitron, about 10 years ago, and I remember it weighed about 70 lbs. It actually bowed the desk I was using! Yours must weigh around 100 lbs?!

    • Goofus Maximus
    • 6 years ago

    Heh. You call that decrepit?

    Processor: AthlonXP 3000+
    Motherboard: Biostar M7NCD Pro
    Memory: 1 Gigabyte DDR-400
    Graphics: EVGA 7600GS AGP
    Storage: Western Digital 80 Gigabyte PATA HDD
    PSU: Antec Basiq 420 watt
    Sound: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
    Case?: Who knows. It’s been too long since I bought it three motherboards ago. It started as a K6-2 system… It’s been that long.

    When you upgrade, mail me all the parts you upgraded from! πŸ˜‰

    • YukaKun
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-2700K @4.7Ghz
    HSF: Thermaltake Frio (the original one)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO
    Memory: 4x4GB DDR3 1600 CL8 Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics: Sapphire Dual-X 7970 @1050Mhz/6000Mhz
    Storage: 2x 512GB WD Black (RAID0), 1x 2TB WD Caviar Green
    PSU: Thermaltake ToughPower 850W
    Case: CoolerMaster HAF932 Dragon (AMD Edition) <- I had a Phenom II before, lol

    I got this setup (CPU+MoBo) from the Phenom II thanks to Microcenter: Had the i7 at 150USD + a 50USD off for any Asus MoBo the day I was going to pick up the FX8350, haha. How could I have said no to that, right?


    EDIT: Forgot the cooling!

    • bthylafh
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-2500K @ 4.3 GHz, with stock air cooling
    Motherboard: Asus P8P67-LE
    Memory: 8GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Powercolor Radeon 7850 2GB
    Storage: 1x Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB (with a firmware that doesn’t kill the drive)
    PSU: Corsair 750 watt
    Case: Antec something-or-other midtower, was a TR recommendation circa ’05.

    I’m satisfied with everything save for storage[1], but I haven’t the extra money for an SSD right now.

    [1] modulo Intel’s asinine market segmentation on the P67 chipset & not allowing QuickSync.

    • The Dark One
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core2Duo E6750
    Motherboard: Asus P5KC
    Memory: 4GB Micron DDR2-800 (originally 2GB OCZ [i<]~Gold~[/i<]) Audio: Xonar DG Graphics: Asus Radeon HD 3870 (originally an X1950 Pro) Storage: 1x 1TB WD Caviar Black, 1x 500GB LaCie Rugged (originally a Seagate 320 GB) PSU: Corsair CX600M (originally some 430W Antec POS) Case: Antec NSK6500 Mouse: Logitech MX-1000 Keyboard: Logitech Internet Navigator Keyboard Monitor: HP w2207h (originally a ViewSonic PS775)

    • jessterman21
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel Core i3-2100
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4
    Memory: 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1333
    Graphics: Zotac GTX 660 2GB
    SSD Cache: 50GB Mushkin Enhanced Catalyst
    Storage: 750GB Hitachi Deskstar
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts EA-500D
    Case: Bitfenix Merc Beta

    Would’ve stuck with my HD 6870 for a little longer, but it wouldn’t play with my TV over HDMI. Now it works, and so does downsampling with my monitor. Still haven’t found a reason to upgrade to an i5 yet…

    • Blazex
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Athlon II x4 645 (cooled by Deepcool Gamer Storm, stays cold under any load even with fans off)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte M68M-S2P Rev 1.0
    Memory: 4gb ddr2-800 crucial
    Graphics: EVGA GTX460 2gb (with the single 6pin pcie power)
    Storage: WD RE4 1TB, Hitachi 7k1000.c 1TB, Seagate 7200.10 500GB
    PSU: Antec 650w Green
    Case: unbranded full tower meant for home servers bought back in 2001
    the case resembles mostly an Apevia MX-Pider

    had an x2 245 for 3 years, the mobo came with that proc for free in frys deal, found the x4 for $50 on ebay, far below all other quads price wise at the time, i’m happy with it, keeps up with my gtx460 far better than the x2 did.

    Laptop is an Hp Elitebook intel p8700 @ 2.56ghz, 3gb ram, ati hd3650 256mb, 80gb intel x25-m g2

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-2500k @ 4.5GHz
    Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Evo
    Memory: 8GB G-Skill DDR3-1600
    Graphics: MSI GTX 560 Ti
    Storage: 1 x Samsung F1 1TB 7200RPM HDD
    PSU: Seasonic 650X
    Case: Corsair 600T Graphite

    • Fieryphoenix
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Phenom II x6 1050T @ 3.5 GHz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte P55-UD3R
    Memory: 8GB Kingston DDR3-1600
    Graphics: EVGA 780 GTX
    Storage: 1x Crucial C300 256GB, 1xOCZ Vector 3, various and sundry other HDD
    PSU: Corsair HX850
    Case: Coolermaster Stacker

      • Prototyped
      • 6 years ago

      That’s a neat trick, an AMD Phenom II X6 socketed for AM3, slipping into an LGA 1156 GA-P55-UD3R with an Intel P55 chipset. πŸ™‚

        • Fieryphoenix
        • 6 years ago

        I know! Turns out the advantage Intel has in games is 90% due to socket, not CPU, though, so I started my own fab and made special interconnects. Now everything runs at 600 fps! Or maybe I dreamed that and just used Cyril’s post as a template and didn’t realize I skipped that line. To be fair, if you had my motherboard, you’d probably skip it too.

          • Meadows
          • 6 years ago

          So… what board DO you have?

            • Fieryphoenix
            • 6 years ago

            Oh, you made me look it up. ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3

            And since I was looking at my Newegg order history to find out, I correct my memory to 2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL. My wife now has the Kingston.

    • KikassAssassin
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-860
    Motherboard: EVGA P55 LE
    Memory: 8 GB (4×2 GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600
    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 ACX
    Storage: 1x Crucial M225 128GB, 1x Corsair Force GT 480GB, 1x Hitachi Deskstar 1TB
    PSU: Corsair HX650
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred
    Monitor: Dell U2713HM, Dell 2405FPW
    Sound: JDS Labs O2 Headphone amplifier / O2 DAC, Sennheiser HD 650

    • Firestarter
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i5-2500k (4.3GHz), Thermalright True Spirit 120
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3
    Memory: 4x4GB AMD DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Powercolor HD7950 (1100/1250), Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 7970
    Storage: Samsung 830 256GB
    PSU: BeQuiet Pure Power 530 L7
    Case: Fractal Design Core 3000

    • Voldenuit
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Athlon II X4 640
    Motherboard: Foxconn (OEM 785G)
    Memory: 8GB DDR3-1333
    Graphics: Zotac Geforce GTX 660 2GB
    Storage: 1x Plextor M3 128 GB, 1x 3 TB Seagate Baracudda, 3x 2 TB WD Green, 2x 1.5 TB assorted
    PSU: PCP&C Silencer Mk III 500W
    Case: hp OEM

    The old box has been getting a bit long in the tooth, I’ve been keeping it running with judicious upgrades (GTX 660 replaced a Radeon 5770 last xmas). My pride and joy right now is my new Asus RT-AC66R router which I got on sale for 38% off MSRP. The desktop doesn’t even have gigE, but at least the wife’s galnote 3 can connect to it over 802.11ac, and my venerable Thinkpad X300 can connect to the 5 GHz band at 300 Mbps.

    • reeltrouble
    • 6 years ago

    Gaming Box:
    Processor: 4770k
    Cooling: H100
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H
    Memory: 16 GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866
    Graphics: HD 7950
    Storage: 1 x Samsung 840 Evo 250 GB (Windows 7),1 x WD Green 1.5 TB
    PSU: Corsair HX750
    Case: Corsair 500R White
    Display: Asus VW246H

    Alt Box
    Processor: 4770k
    Cooling: Corsair H60
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H
    Memory: 16 GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866
    Graphics: HD 7770
    Storage: 1 x Samsung 840 250 GB (Windows 7), 1 X WD Green 1TB
    PSU: Corsair HX650
    Case: Fractal Design R4 Black Pearl

    Media Box:
    Processor: 2770k
    Cooling: H60
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    Memory: 8 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics: HD 5770
    Storage: 1 x OCZ Agility 3 120GB (Windows 7), 1 x WD Green 2TB
    PSU: Corsair HX650
    Case: Corsair 400R

    • Laykun
    • 6 years ago

    Pretty happy with this. Although I’d like to upgrade the graphics when the next wave come out so I can do triple monitor with all games again.

    Processor : Intel i7 980X
    Motherboard : Gigabute GA-X58a-UD7
    Memory : 18GB DDR3 1600mhz
    Graphics : 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB – 3x 24″ 1920×1200 nvidia surround.
    Storage : 1x OCZ 64gb cache drive (oh noes!), 1x WD 2TB
    PSU : Coolermaster 850W
    Case : Fractal Design Define R4

    • sircharles32
    • 6 years ago

    Like Cyril, my most used PC is not my most up to date.

    Most used:
    Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 630 (2.8 GHz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3
    Memory: 2 x 4GB & 2 x 2GB Mushkin Essentials DDR3-1333 (12GB total)
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450
    Storage: (Boot) WD2500HHTZ, (Temp/Scratch) WD5000HHTZ, (Storage) Toshiba PH3300U-1/72 3TB
    PSU: Antec HCG 400 Watt (Bronze)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

    Most up to date:
    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 (O.C’d @ 4.0 GHz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
    Memory: 4 x 4GB Kit of G.Skill Ares DDR3-1600 (16GB total)
    Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 7870
    Storage: (Boot) Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD, (VM Drive) Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD, (Temp/Scratch) WD5000HHTZ
    PSU: Rosewill Capstone 550 Watt (Gold)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

    • cygnus1
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Haswell, Core i5 4570S (runs nice and cool)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS
    Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
    Graphics: 2x EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked
    Storage: 2x Samsung 840 256GB, 1x 3TB WD RED
    PSU: Cooler Master V700 – 700W modular
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2

    Built this when I got back from Afghanistan a few months ago. Next upgrade will be the monitor. Holding out for Q1 to see what comes of G-Sync otherwise I’ll be ordering one of those Overlord 120Hz IPS screens.

    • sweatshopking
    • 6 years ago

    940, 4gb ddr2, 7870, and some mobo. I have a vertex 3, but idc, it doesn’t blow me away. i’d take a platter again as a system drive.


      • Amgal
      • 6 years ago

      Probably an OCZ shill

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 6 years ago

      This one was from me. The other one was from the OCZ shill.

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      What’s a 940? Core i7-940 or Phenom II X4 940?

        • sweatshopking
        • 6 years ago

        phenom II

    • smilingcrow
    • 6 years ago

    My Desktop and HTPC are in storage as I’m without a permanent base for an indeterminate period and I’m looking to replace the Desktop with a Dell Latitude E7440 plus docking station; i5 Haswell, 8GB, 128GB mSata SSD, 1080P IPS, 4 cell, backlit keyboard. I will add a 1TB 7mm HDD which it supports internally and that should be fine for me.
    Prior to that I downgraded the Desktop from an i5-2500K to an i3-3225 which noticeable impact. Tablets don’t interest me but consolidating to a versatile laptop that replaces my desktop and laptop is looking an obvious solution right now.
    I toyed with a Dell XPS 12 at work and I like a touch-screen on a laptop so I might plump for the optional touch-screen on the Latitude. I can live without the tablet mode of the XPS 12.
    The sleeping desktop has a Plextor 256GB Xtreme, 2TB WD Green, Asus Z77 mATX, Asus PCIe Audio, 8GB 1.35V 1600MHz DDR3, Seasonic fanless Gold 400W, Antec P180 Mini, Pioneer BD-RW, i3-3225 and a big Fcuk off heatsink plus silent 120 mm fans all over da friggin’ place dude.

    Oh yeah and a Dell UltraSharp U2413; 1920×1200 with 99% AdobeRGB so it’s a beauty. 16/10 y’all. The Shiraz is kickin’ in. πŸ™‚

    • ShadowEyez
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Haswell Core i7 4770
    Processor Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme 3
    Memory: 16GB Corsair DDR3-1866
    Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2 Gig
    Storage: 2x OCZ Agility 3, 240 Gig
    PSU: Seasonic Platinum 660 watt
    Case: Antec Solo 2

    • siberx
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: i7 920 @4GHz (still going strong 5 years later and I still don’t feel pressure to upgrade it)
    CPU Cooler: Swiftech Apogee GTZ waterblock
    RAM: 3x2GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 CAS8
    Soundcard: Asus Xonar DX
    GPU: Sapphire HD 7970 OC
    GPU Cooler: EK-FC7970 Acetal+Nickel full coverage waterblock
    Storage: 120GB Vertex2 SSD, 1TB WD Black HDD
    PSU: PCP&C 750W Quad Silencer
    Cooling: Twin 6″ heatercores with 120mm panaflo metal-frame fans (shared by GPU & CPU)
    Case: Lian-li PC-G70 with custom casters for ease of transport

    The system was originally built with a 4870×2 that lasted me a good 4 years before it wasn’t keeping up anymore. The 7970 has sped things up nicely and I still don’t feel bottle-necked by the host system (although I will probably throw another 6GB of RAM in it sometime).

      • TwoEars
      • 6 years ago

      Yupp – I’m on my fourth graphics card setup now for the same base system. Started with the 260GTX, then the 560ti, then the 670GTX and now lastly 670GTX in SLI.

      Still with the i7-920 and rocking a stable 60fps with max settings in all games I play. Will probably get Haswell-E next year but it’s been one heck of a cpu this 920! Bought it on launch day and still rock solid at 3.8Ghz.

    • esc_in_ks
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: 3770k
    Cooling: H100
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77
    Memory: 16 GB Corsair Vengenace
    Graphics: GTX 670
    Storage: 1 x Samsung 840 Evo 500 GB (Windows 7), 1 x Samsung 830 256 GB (Fedora Linux), 1 x Samsung 830 128 GB, 2 x Seagate 500 GB 7200 rpm, 2 x Asus DVD burners
    PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold
    Case: Corsair 650D
    Display: Dell 3011

    • the
    • 6 years ago

    My personal system:
    Processors: Core i7-2600k @ 4.2 Ghz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4
    Memory: Four Corsair Sport 4 GB 1600 Mhz DIMMs (16 GB total)
    Graphics: MSI TwinFrozar Radeon 6870 1 GB
    Storage: Samsung 840EVO 120 GB for boot, two Seagate 2 TB drives in RAID1 for data, 1.5 TB Seagate for alternative OS
    PSU: Corsair HX1000
    Case: Athena Power 4U rack mount + Gator portable 8U rack mount travel case

    The power supply was moved around around between systems for trouble shooting and wound up here. It was originally supposed to be in the graphics workstation below. The system had a Radeon 7970 installed at one point but the card didn’t survive customs when I took the system internationally.

    The graphic artist workstation:
    Processor: Opteron 6128
    Motherboard: Asus KGPE-D16
    Memory: Eight 16 GB Samsung Registered ECC 1600 Mhz 1.35v DIMMS (128 GB total!)
    Graphics: Radeon 6970 (used for Eyefinity with three LG 1080p IPS displays)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex2 240 GB SSD for applications, two Seagate 1.5 TB drivers in RAID1 for data
    PSU: Corsair HX750
    Case: Thermaltake
    Other: Intuis Pro 12 x 8 tablet

    This system was built years ago and designed to scale up eventually when Bulldozer was released. Unfortunately Bulldozer didn’t live up to expectations, Piledriver fixed a few issues and it looks like Steamroller will not be making an appearance on socket G34. Still debating about upgrading to two Opteron 6376 or 6378 to go to 32 cores total. The artist is currently doing some 3D modeling so a jump to 32 cores would have come merit for rendering purposes. The system at one time had a Radeon 7970 but applications had issues with the early drivers.

    The other neat thing about this system is that it originally had a 120 GB SSD drive and I upgraded it to 240 GB SSD. I transferred everything by booting into a Linux thumb drive and doing a low level block copy. Speed was remarkably impressive as I as able to move ~100 GB of data in under 10 minutes between the drives. Then I booted back up in Windows on the 240 GB drive as if nothing had happened. No application or OS reinstalls necessary. The only catch is that I had expand the main partition under Windows to use the extra space.

    NAS/VM host:
    Processor: Core i7 3930k @ 4 Ghz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79S-UP5 Wi-Fi
    Memory: Eight Muskin 4 GB 1600 Mhz DIMMs (32 GB total)
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 6450 1 GB Flex edition
    Storage: OCZ Agility 2 60 GB for boot, eight 2 TB Seagate drivers in RAIDZ (11.5 TB capacity after formatting)
    PSU: Corsair HX550
    Case: Norco 4216 4U server case with 16 hot swap bays

    I wanted to use ZFS for its reliability and recovery features. If I ever needed to move the array to another host, it should be portable. I priced several RAID adapters and for the port count I needed it was more expensive than getting a motherboard with the C606 chipset. Socket 2011 is entirely overkill for NAS work but in my research I stumbled upon a VirtualBox plugin for NAS4Free. This allows the web interface to be used to boot up and administer VM’s on the host.

    VT-d is fully supported by the chipset so if I really wanted to, I could have used a NAS4Free VM with direct access to the SAS hardware. The catch here is that the NAS4Free VM would have to be hosted on the OCZ drive and a network mount would have to be created by the hypervisor to boot any other VM’s on the ZFS storage. Overly complicated but conceptually it should work.

    By default this case comes with four 92 mm loud fans used to move air throughout the system. To make this usable I ordered the three 120 mm fan wall and used several low dB NXZT fans. The case comes with backplanes that use SFF8484 connectors and I ordered three reverse break out cables. Two backplanes connect to the eight SAS ports, one backplane connects to the 3 Gbit SATA ports and another backplane is left unconnected. The OCZ drive connects to a 6 Gbit SATA port even though the drive is only rated for 3 Gbit operation.

    Router/Minecraft server:
    Apple Xserve
    Processor: two Xeon 5150 (4 cores at 2.66 Ghz)
    Motherboard: Apple proprietary
    Memory: Four 2 GB 667 Mhz FB-DIMMs (8 GB total)
    Graphics: embedded Radeon X1300
    Storage: OCZ Vertex2 120 GB, Seagate 1 TB hard drive
    PSU: dual 750W hotswap
    Case: 1U rackmount

    I got this to play around with OS X server a few years back but Apple deprecated their server line. On the plus side, this does not strictly require proprietary hard drives but it does use proprietary drive caddies (it looks like a misaligned fiber channel connector). So now it sits running vanilla OS X as a firewall/router and hosts a Minecraft server. I need to get that server moved over to the NAS box in a Linux VM.

    There is one downside to all my home systems: I’m using 100 Mbit ethernet going to a 24 port 3com switch. I’m set to get Google Fiber next year so I’ve been wanting to upgrade to Gigabit and use NIC bonding on the systems that supports it. I figure it’d make sense to have parts of my network run at an effective 2 Gbit so that local services wouldn’t be bottlenecked if that system is monopolizing the the internet uplink.

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 6 years ago


      • Srsly_Bro
      • 6 years ago

      Friday night topic: What are you desktop PC’s specs?

      You completely failed to stay on topic.

    • ludi
    • 6 years ago

    With help from the TR community in October 2011:

    Asus P8Z68-V (Intel Z68 chipset)
    Intel i5-2500k
    Corsair 16GB
    1x Intel 320 80GB SSD
    2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1GB
    1x Samsung BRD/DVDRW
    Win7 64-bit

    …and just added the Black Friday special 27″ LG IPS/LED monitor from Best Buy ($189+tax). The part number doesn’t even show up on Google and the physical construction is incredibly cheap, so this was obviously manufactured specifically as a BF special, but the panel output and backlight are quite good, and the panel has a rather nice matte finish.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: 4670K
    Cooling: NZXT Kraken X60
    Motherboard: MSI Z87 MPower Max
    Memory: 8GB G.Skill Trident 2400-CL9
    Graphics: MSI 7970 Lightning
    Storage: Seagate 600 SSD 240GB
    PSU: Seasonic X850
    Case: Corsair 540 Air

    • albundy
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: AMD Phenom II 965 @ 4Ghz
    Motherboard: MSI 790FX-GD70
    Memory: 4GB OCZ Platinum DDR-1600 and 8GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Geforce 9600GSO but being replaced with a MSI Twin Frozr Radeon HD 7850 2GB that i picked up for $80 and change from Eggy yesterday
    Storage: 1x Samsung EVO 500GB SSD, 4TB Hitachi 7200rpm HDD, 2x G-RAID over FW800, each with 2x1TB WD green drives
    PSU: OCZ 650w 80+
    Case: Antec 300
    Monitor: 42″ V422 NEC Multisync IPS LCD monitor (thanks burger shack!)

    My rig is about 6 years old, but running really well. There’s hardly any reason for me to upgrade anytime soon.

    • Hance
    • 6 years ago

    FX 8320 @ 4.3
    32 gigs of ram
    Radeon 7870 OC
    Evo 840 120 gig raid 0
    WD 2 TB raid 1

    • NovusBogus
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: i5 2500k @ stock
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
    RAM: 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
    GPU: EVGA GTX 650Ti 1GB
    HD: 1TB Hitachi Deathstar
    Audio: Sony MDR-V6 on integrated sound
    PSU: Ultra Electronics 500W, circa 2005
    Case: Beige Box Of Doom, circa 2003
    OS: Windows XP, the once and future OS

    By the end of the year the CPU and GPU will be moving to an otherwise new micro ATX system.

    • Dezeer
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7 920
    Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
    Memory: 24GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Asus Radeon HD 5850
    Storage: Revodrive x2 100GB, Samsung F3 1TB, Samsung F2 2TB Seagate sv35.5 3TB
    ODD: Samsung SH-B083L
    PSU: Seasonic X-650
    Case: Fractal design
    Monitor: HP ZR24W

    But even as you are asking about desktop specs, I have started to use a laptop the most.

    Processor: i7-4800MQ
    Memory: 16GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Radeon 8970M
    Storage: PNY Prevail Elite SSD 240GB, 5400rpm 1TB drive, 1,5TB Toshiba MQ.

    • C10 250
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7 2600
    Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M
    Memory: CORSAIR XMS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR-1333
    Graphics: Saphire Radeon HD6850 2GB
    Storage: 2x Crucial M4 128GB SSD; 1x WD 1TB Black & 1x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
    Optical: Some SATA DVD Burner
    PSU: Seasonic 620W M12II
    WLAN: 1 x TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter
    Case: Antec VSK-4000e
    OS: Windows 8 Professional
    Monitor: 3x Acer V173 17″ LCD 1280×1024

    One SSD is carries my operating system while the other is dedicated to hosting my Destop folder. I had been concerned about the aging Seagate integrity so the WD was recently added as a Mirror drive in anticipation of failure. All the above parts lived in the original OEM case until just this week when I moved it all to the Antec.

    Probably not the most exciting build of that will be listed I’m damn proud of it’s budget roots. It started life as a RMA’d Asus Essentio desktop that I pick up from the BestBuy RMA auctions for little more that $200 dollars shipped. The original i5-2310 was swapped out for the i7 I acquired in a trade for a laptop I had.

    • Ryu Connor
    • 6 years ago

    Shockingly this system hit two years old today. Next year will be an upgrade year with Maxwell, Haswell-E, X99, and DDR4.

    CPU: Core i7-3930K
    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H100
    Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Deluxe
    Memory: 6×4 GiB PC3-14900 Corsair Vengeance
    Storage: 2×0.25 TB Samsung 830, 2.0 TB WD Black, DVD burner
    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 590
    Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP
    Sound: Creative SoundBlaster ZX
    Headphones: Sennheiser PC360
    Power Supply: Silverstone ST-1000P
    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R

      • Krogoth
      • 6 years ago

      Just a minor nitpick, that platform is only two years old (SB-E/Socket 2011 came out to public channels in Nov 2011) . πŸ˜‰

        • Ryu Connor
        • 6 years ago

        Good point! Fixed.

        • sweatshopking
        • 6 years ago

        Krogoths such a nerd. I bet you wear glasses.

          • Krogoth
          • 6 years ago

          I take it that your wife loves dudes in glasses? πŸ˜‰

            • sweatshopking
            • 6 years ago


    • thanatos355
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel I7-3820
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100
    Motherboard: Asrock x79 Fatal1ty Professional
    Memory: G.Skill F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL
    Graphics: MSI 480GTX
    Storage: 128GB Samsung 830 SSD, 2 Hitachi 1TB, 2 WD Caviar GP 1TB, 2 Maxtor 500GB
    PSU: Corsair HX1000
    Optical Drive: Liteon iHAS624-B
    Case: NZXT Switch 810
    OS: Win 8 Pro 64
    Keyboard: Logitech G510
    Mouse: Logitech G700
    Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
    Monitor: Dell U2410

    • Skid
    • 6 years ago

    I built this in April 2012:

    Processor: i5-2500K
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro
    Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) Patriot Gamer Pro 1600 C9
    Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 680 2GB
    Storage: 1x Crucial M4 256GB, 1x Crucial M4 512GB, 1x 1TB WD Raptor 10K, 1x Seagate 2TB
    PSU: Corsair HX750
    Audio: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium
    Case: Antec P180
    Monitor: Dell U2410

    Peripherals: Logi MX-618 mouse, TrackIR, CH Products FighterStick, Pro Throttle, Throttle Quad, Pro Pedals, Harmon Kardon AVR154 and Klipsch speakers, Polk subwoofer

    • Alexko
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00GHz)
    Motherboard: Asus… something, don’t remember. Doesn’t really matter anyway.
    Memory: 2Γ—2GB of DDR2-800, GSkill I think.
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Flex. I know it seems overkill compared to the CPU, but I have three 1080p displays, so it’s actually just about right.
    Storage: 1Γ—1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 (7200 rpm) for the OS and applications + 1Γ—2TB Wester Digital Caviar Green (5400 rpm) for mass storage.
    PSU: Fortron Aurum 500W (or 550W, can’t remember. Either way, it’s 80Plus Gold).
    Case: Antec Sonata III.

    This is all pretty old and will be upgraded at some point, but for now I don’t really need more. Some games aren’t very smooth because of the C2D, but I have a pretty big games library so I just play the smooth ones for now, and leave the others for after I upgradeβ€”whenever that may be.

    • Dissonance
    • 6 years ago

    [url<][/url<] The graphics card started to go wonky, so I've since swapped in a GTX 560. Not that it matters. Apart from a few indie titles, I do all my gaming on motherboard test rigs. Playing Arkham Origins on an Ivy-E rig with 16GB of RAM and a hot-clocked GTX 680.

    • Philldoe
    • 6 years ago

    CPU: Intel i5 2500K @ 4.6Ghz
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Sniper
    GPU: HiS IceQΒ² Turbo R9 280x @ 1200 core Stock Ram
    Case: Antec P180 (Yes, the first one)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
    SSD: 64GB Corsair Nova
    HDD: 1.5TB Seagate
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650w (‘ole Reliable)

    -Laptop – Asus G75 VW
    CPU: Intel i7 3630QM
    RAM: 8GB Samsung branded stuff
    GPU: GeForce GTX 660m
    HDD: 1TB
    HDD2: 60GB Pagefile and storage

    • spiked_mistborn
    • 6 years ago

    The newest games I have are Crysis 2 and BioShock Infinite, and I definitely have to turn down the detail levels, but older games run great. I have no complaints for general Windows use though.

    CPU – Phenom II X2 with one unlocked core (3 x 3.2GHz)
    Cooler – Xigmatek Gaia
    RAM – 12 GiB DDR3 1600 cas 8
    GPUs – 2 x Radeon HD5830 1GiB CF
    MB – ASRock 870 Extreme3
    Storage – 2TB Seagate Barracuda, 1TB Seagate USB 2.0
    Case – Antec Sonata
    PSU – Corsair vx750
    Audio – onboard running to Klipsch Promedia 5.1
    Display – 37″ Vizio HDTV

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 6 years ago

    For anyone that hasn’t read my signature in the forums, here’s the gaming PC that I assembled at the beginning of June:
    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H70
    Motherboard: Asus Z87 Gryphon
    Memory: 2×8 GiB PC3-14900
    Storage: 0.50 TB Samsung 840 SSD, 2x 3.0 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14, Blu-ray burner
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon R9-290
    Monitors: Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP + UltraSharp 2001FP
    Sound: Creative SoundBlaster ZX
    Speakers: Logitech Z540
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD430
    Power Supply: SeaSonic SS-660XP2
    Case: Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E

    My living room PC looks like this:
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Pro
    Memory: 2×8 GiB PC3-12800
    Storage: 0.12 TB Samsung 830 SSD, 2x 2.0 TB Samsung HD204, Blu-ray burner
    Graphics: MSI Radeon HD7770
    Display: 55″ TV
    TV Tuner: Ceton InfiniTV4
    Sound: Integrated, over HDMI
    Speakers: Infinity Crescendo CS3008
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD580
    Power Supply: Antec EA380D
    Case: Antec NSK2480

    • Damage
    • 6 years ago

    [url<][/url<] Have since upgraded to 12GB DDR3-1600, Kingston HyperX 128GB SSD, and Zotac GTX 680 AMP! The test rigs are the good systems, though. πŸ™‚

    • tbone8ty
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: amd fx-8350
    Motherboard: asus 990fx crosshair 5
    Memory: 8GB gskill trident 2400mhz
    Graphics: msi 7950 superclocked twin frozr
    Storage: 1x Samsung 128 830, 4x 1tb hardrives
    PSU: ocz 850w
    Case: Lain li

    • Bomber
    • 6 years ago

    I am planning my upgrade this time next year after starting to feel the age of mine recently. Being Lynnfield now is rough despite the overclock.

    CPU/Mobo: Asus P55D-e pro/core i7 875k @ 4.2ghz
    Memory: 4x4gb Corsair Vengeance 1600
    Video: EVGA GTX560 Core 448 Classified
    Hard Drive: WD 640gb 7200rpm + various other storage drives
    Case: Corsair 600T
    PSU: Corsair TX850

    • swaaye
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Intel Pentium III 1050 (P3-S 1.4 on Slot-T)
    Motherboard: Abit BF6
    Memory: 512MB Crucial PC133 CL2
    Graphics: 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 or GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
    Sound: Aureal Vortex 2 or Creative Sound Blaster Live or maybe an ISA card….
    NIC: Intel Pro 1000 GT PCI
    Storage: 1x WD 80GB, 1x NEC DVD-ROM
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling 430W
    Case: Coolermaster Centurion 5
    Monitor: Dell 2405FPW 24″
    OS: Windows 98SE and MS-DOS


      • chuckula
      • 6 years ago


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        • 6 years ago



          • Srsly_Bro
          • 6 years ago


          • chuckula
          • 6 years ago

          A little more seriously… I just remembered that it was 10 years ago when I was working on my Master’s Thesis… using an Athlon XP 2400 that was considered good but not top-of-the line at the time.. but that machine was at least a full generation ahead of the P3!

          I donated that box to charity YEARs ago and despite all the cynicism you see on the boards, the machines we have now are *vastly* ahead of where we were not all that long ago…

            • swaaye
            • 6 years ago

            Yup everything is so much more refined now. Everything goes together smoother and is more reliable and stable. Almost anybody who isn’t totally ADHD and has a few brain cells can build a beast of a PC now.

            The P3 days though were an even more gigantic jump over what was just 5 years before. 386s and 486s were really tricky. Go even farther back and omg you get into some really complex voodoo.

            • Wirko
            • 6 years ago

            You mean, like sticking 32 individual RAM chips into sockets on a 286 motherboard? Without bending a single pin? Yes, indeed.

            • just brew it!
            • 6 years ago

            Many mid- to late-1970s S-100 PC components were available two ways: pre-assembled and tested, or (at a discount) as a bag of components, a bare PCB, and a booklet of assembly instructions. My first CPU card (S-100 was just a bare backplane so even the CPU came on an add-in card) and first two video cards were purchased in kit form.

            Fortunately I was able to save up enough cash to buy pre-assembled RAM cards. Hand-soldering 192 RAM chips (I had a whopping 96KB of RAM, and the chips were half a kilobyte each) would’ve driven me nuts!

            Goes without saying, surface mount components were rather uncommon in those days. All of the parts on a typical S-100 card were through-hole.

            • ronch
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]the machines we have now are *vastly* ahead of where we were not all that long ago..[/quote<] Totally. I'm playing one of my favorite games lately, Thief Gold. I remember my Athlon 800 (~2000 A.D.) taking about 10 or more seconds to load a certain level from memory (not the hard drive). Now my FX-8350 (which is deemed unworthy by most folks here) takes less than a second to do the same thing. And TG strictly only uses one core.

      • albundy
      • 6 years ago

      nice! i still have my aureal 3d vortex 2 running in an old p4 rig. works great with windows 7 but only the 32bit version.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 6 years ago

      do you even windows 2000me edition bro?

        • swaaye
        • 6 years ago

        Is “Windows 2000me edition” the codename for Windows XP?!?!?! πŸ˜›

        I have spent a lot of time messing with Windows Me over the years. It does have some nice improvements over 98SE, but it is just not quite fully baked.

        Windows 2000 and XP are kind of beyond what I want on the old rig though. Might as well use a modern machine for that.

      • Goofus Maximus
      • 6 years ago

      Nice to see someone living in the same era as me, with my AthlonXP system.

      • Deanjo
      • 6 years ago

      Damn, that thing runs circles around my Tandy 1000 Ex

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      That Abit board must really be durable. I’m getting Abit the next time I upgrade! πŸ˜€

        • UnfriendlyFire
        • 6 years ago

        Abit stopped manufacturing motherboards back in 2008.

          • Mourmain
          • 6 years ago

          Because none of the old ones were breaking down!!

          • ronch
          • 6 years ago

          It was a bit of a joke. Guess you didn’t catch it.

        • swaaye
        • 6 years ago

        I had to recap it. Almost all Abit boards through like 1998-2004 used defective caps. Most of the ones on the CPU VRM were bulging.

      • sweatshopking
      • 6 years ago

      seriously though, I think this group presents what would be a high end system for 99.9% of the population as “old”. a two year cpu is “out of date” when a newer literally grants no additional gain for 99% of applications. it’s a little silly, and i get the “it’s an enthusiast site”, but you know i don’t care.

        • End User
        • 6 years ago

        It’s like you hangout here just to try and make the enthusiasts fell guilty.


          • sweatshopking
          • 6 years ago

          NOW YOU’RE GETTING IT! No but seriously. I think more reviews comparing a xeon to a q6600 would be better than the new shiny vs the last new shiny.

            • heinsj24
            • 6 years ago

            It would be nice to see how cpus have progressed. There’s not much point to upgrading when the cpu I am currently using is no longer being compared to the latest.

            Just how does the Conroe (in my MBP) compare to the latest and greatest Intel, AMD, or ARM offerings? If they were substantially greater – I may upgrade from this 2008 laptop.

            • Voldenuit
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]Just how does the Conroe (in my MBP) compare to the latest and greatest Intel, AMD, or ARM offerings? If they were substantially greater - I may upgrade from this 2008 laptop.[/quote<] You can count on an extra 40-50% improvement in IPC per core on Haswell vs Conroe. Add in turbo states on Haswell (up to 24% faster in lightly threaded apps on the i5 3210 and up to 43% faster on the i7 3615QM) and that the 2013 MBP is available with up to 4 cores (doubling multithreaded performance), and the answer is - a lot. Also, the nvidia 650M in the 2013 MBP (higher end model) should be roughly twice as fast as the 8600M GT, but that probably won't be enough to game at native res on the retina display, still.

      • Prototyped
      • 6 years ago

      Awesome, [i<]Tualatin[/i<] on a BX board in a [url=<]modded slocket[/url<]. I had one of the [url=<]Tualerons[/url<] in 2002 (half the L2 cache at 256 kiB -- your P III-S has 512 kiB if I'm remembering right). I then had to sell it and move abroad.

      • Krogoth
      • 6 years ago

      is that Voodoo 5 5500 the PCI version (very rare) or AGP version?

        • Delta9
        • 6 years ago

        I have a pci and an agp 5500. Saved them from the garbage a few years ago. It is truly sli on a stick.

          • ludi
          • 6 years ago

          Nice. I once had a V5-5500 AGP that I picked up for $10 at an electronics reclamation shop. Starfalcon has it now. Unless he moved it, it is living in an “Ultimate Super 7” box that I pulled together from miscellania, years after the fact.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            I had a V5-5500 AGP from somebody else, but got rid of it since it no longer booted with an AGP 1x board. FYI, V5 5500 AGP only works with an AGP 1X motherboard not the newer 2x/4x/8x AGP motherboards.

            • swaaye
            • 6 years ago

            Mine is AGP. They require a AGP 3.3v slot which includes AGP 2x boards like 440BX. I think the newest chipset you can use them with is KT333 since it still supports 3.3v signaling.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            I’m pretty sure that V5 5500 AGP only work AGP 1X slots, since they only handle 5V signaling.

            FYI, AGP is pretty much a dedicated PCI bus with higher clocks and multiplication on the bus speed. That’s why newer modes have lower voltage for signalling because the bus would do a read/write for each signal cycle and they are broken down by portions of 5V.

            Edit: Getting downvotes because I was off on the signal voltage? (3.3V rather than 5V) It doesn’t change the fact that AGP was pretty much a modified version of PCI.

            • swaaye
            • 6 years ago

            Voodoo5 is AGP 2x 3.3v. Voodoo3 is also 2x. AGP 1x cards are 3.3v as well but the AGP 2x data rate took over during 1998.

            There are some AGP 4x slots that are universal in that they support 1.5v and 3.3v signaling. So you can use Voodoo5 in these. Some 4x slots are 1.5v-only however.

            There are no AGP 8x boards that support 3.3v though. I believe they do support 1-2x data rate but you can’t run a 3.3v board.

            But this is why Voodoo5 PCI is desirable. AGP can be a compatibility headache and it is of limited benefit from a performance standpoint with the old cards anyway.

            • Krogoth
            • 6 years ago

            The annoying part was that AGP card’s fingers were supposed to be keyed to prevent an older AGP 1x/2x card from fitting onto a newer 4x/8x AGP slot. Alias, not all of the motherboard or video card manufacturers followed the spec.

            My previous ASUS A7N8X vanilla only work with 1.5V and 0.8V AGP cards not 3.3V AGP cards (Voodoo 4/5 and several other first-generation AGP cards). Fortunately, ASUS threw in a separate LED light to indicate if the voltage singling was correct or not. The board would not POST with a 3.3V card and give the “generic” cannot detect any video output device beeping code.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 6 years ago

            Technically, the V5 only used 1x. The v5 needed a bridge chip only found in the 6000 to fully utilize AGP. Had to do with compatibility from having multiple chips on a single card.

            I’ve heard open source drivers can force 2x, but I don’t know how well it works, being that I don’t have a v5. AFAIK, the voodoo4 could do agp 4x, but you wouldn’t get any t-buffer features.

            I pretty much stick with the v2’s, because they’ll run your glide games, and you can use something else for d3d/ogl. I use a 8500, because ATI is the only one who pulled off 3dfx level AA, and they had a 3x performance mode. Not to mention “free” AF.

      • Wirko
      • 6 years ago

      You win the thread! I envy you!

      My Pentium III-450 (OC to 504) box, however, doesn’t envy you. Technically, we might even apply; it’s a desktop PC, it’s still complete. Takes some beating (literally) to boot but then it’s stable as a rock.

      • Yeats
      • 6 years ago


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      • 6 years ago


      • anotherengineer
      • 6 years ago

      Das DOS Box!

      • burntham77
      • 6 years ago

      You win this round. The Pentium III was a hell of a great chip back in the day. I am still sore about A-bit going under. They made some great boards.

      • JdL
      • 6 years ago

      Nice monitor.

      • Concupiscence
      • 6 years ago

      I love the inclusion of the gigabit ethernet adapter – it’s a nice concession that staying true to the past is nice, but nobody should have to wait on a network transfer any longer than they have to.

        • UnfriendlyFire
        • 6 years ago

        Nonsense. AOL dialup will always remain the king!

      • LoneWolf15
      • 6 years ago

      Nobody has an Abit BF6; their capacitors are all blown. πŸ˜‰

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 6 years ago

      Meh. Other than A3d, there really isn’t much need for using a retro box anymore, besides the occasional incompatible game, since you can always run doxbox, and use nglide for 3dfx games.

      My Retro box:

      P3 1.4
      mobo OR840
      Ram 1GB Dual channel Rambus
      Video 8500 128 AIW w/ Obsidian X-24 (dual voodoo2)
      Vortex2 SQ2500

    • Captain Ned
    • 6 years ago

    OK, about to rock you all with some serious old school.

    Mobo: Abit IP35Pro with last-gen hacked BIOS. I’ve got a Q9500 on the shelf that the hacked BIOS is supposed to support, but inertia took its toll and I’ve never given it a spin.
    CPU: C2D 6600 running @ 3.2 GHz for 6+ years with no issues.
    Memory: 4 GB of something that’s been in there so long I have no idea what it is. It’s red.
    GFX: MSI Geforce 8800 GTS 640MB. Forge, you’re right. I’m lazy and maybe this weekend your BBQ gift to me will make it into the case
    Sound: Asus Xonar D1 PCI. Its install was the last time I had my hands in the case.
    PSU: Corsair HX550 modular
    Storage: A dog”s breakfast of leftover drives ranging from 500 GB to 2 TB and Samsung through WD. I think there’s a Hitachi in there as well. 4 spinners in total.
    Case: Antec P182
    Fans: Scythe S-Flex medium-speeds (1600 RPM tops), label designation long since forgotten
    Fur: Donated daily by the 1 short-hair cat, the 1 long-hair cat (the true menace) and the small dog that chases both of them through the house.

    Box has run 24/7/365 since July 2007. The only issues I’ve ever had came from trying to fold at an overly aggressive GFX OC.

      • Goofus Maximus
      • 6 years ago

      My AthlonXP and Swaaye’s Pentium III systems have you beat, lock stock and barrel! (^_^)

    • Khali
    • 6 years ago

    Put this system together back in January 2013. Been very happy with it. Only changes any time soon will be a 128GB SSD for a OS only drive and maybe GPU upgrade to a EVGA GTX 780 or a 780Ti.

    Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600
    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB
    Storage: 2x Samsung 830 Series 512GB, 1x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM, Samsung DVD Burner
    PSU: SeaSonic Platinum Platinum-860 860W PLATINUM
    Case: Corsair 600T
    OS: Win8

    • kuraegomon
    • 6 years ago

    Current gaming desktop:

    CPU: Core i7-3770K
    GPU: XFX HD 7970 3GB GHz Edition
    RAM: 16 GB Corsair DDR3-1600 C9
    MB: Asus P8Z77-V Pro
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4
    PSU: Corsair HX750
    SSD: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe (2x240GBxRAID0)
    HDD: WD Red (2x2TBxRAID1)
    Optical: 1 x LG BD-RE + 1 x Asus DVD-RW
    Monitor: Dell 3007WFP
    OS: Windows 7 Pro x64

    Home workstation:

    CPU: Core i7-3930K
    GPU: 8800 GTX (the legend LIVES! :-P)
    RAM: 64 GB Corsair DDR3-1600 C9
    MB: Asus P9X79 Pro
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 (until I swap in the Fractal Design Define XL R2 sitting in the corner)
    PSU: Thermaltake ToughPower 1200
    SSD: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe (2x240GBxRAID0)
    HDD: WD Black (2x1TBxRAID1)
    Monitor: <Shared with above>
    Optical: 1 x LG BD-RE + 1 x Asus DVD-RW
    OS: CentOS 6.4

    Media Box:

    CPU: Core i5-2500K
    GPU: Asus Geforce GTX 660
    RAM: 16 GB Corsair DDR3-1600 C9
    MB: Asus P8P67 Pro
    Case: Antec Sonata III
    PSU: Corsair HX750
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 (1x240GB)
    HDD: WD Green (2x2TBxRAID1)
    Optical: 1 x LG BD-RE + 1 x Asus DVD-RW
    Monitor: Sony XBR4 46-inch
    OS: Windows 7 Pro x64

    • TwoEars
    • 6 years ago

    Processor: Core i7-920@3.8GHz with noctua cooler
    Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe
    Memory: 12GB Kingston DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Gigabyte GTX670 Windforce SLI
    Storage: Samsung EVOs + Synology 412+ NAS
    PSU: Zalman 1200W
    Case: Antech P182 with noctua fans
    Screen: Eizo 24” 1920×1200 IPS

    Planning to build a brand new system next year using X99 & Haswell-E

      • cheerful hamster
      • 6 years ago

      That’s a neat trick running an Intel chip on an AMD mobo. πŸ™‚

        • TwoEars
        • 6 years ago

        Good catch! That was my previous computer! πŸ™‚

    • Sargent Duck
    • 6 years ago

    main rig (HTPC)
    Processor: AMD E-350
    Motherboard: ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE
    Memory: 4GB
    Graphics: Radeon 6310
    Storage: 1x Corsair Force 3 SSD 60GB, 2x 600GB WD Green
    PSU: 450watt
    Case: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum HTPC 1080P Micro ATX Media Center

      • Alexko
      • 6 years ago

      You’d probably save a good bit of power with a more appropriate PSU.

    • Orwell
    • 6 years ago

    Add one to the laggard team. The whole build cost me about €250 back in 2009 excluding the GPU and hard drive, which I took from my previous setup. That’s as much as some folks spend on the CPU alone. πŸ˜›

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 550 @ X4 3.5GHz
    Motherboard: MSI 770-C45
    Memory: 4GB Kingston DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic (added later)
    Storage: Samsung 830 128GB (added later), 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3
    PSU: Seasonic M12II 520W (added later)
    Case: Antec 300

    • blastdoor
    • 6 years ago

    2009 Mac Pro
    dual quad core Nehalem 2.26 GHz
    ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB (added later)
    22 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC
    1 OWC 240 GB SSD
    2 320 GB HHD
    1 3 TB HHD

    • Steele
    • 6 years ago

    I’m pretty much a laggard, too.

    Proc: AMD II x4 630 running @ 2.8 GHz
    Mobo: Gigabyte 77TA-UD3
    RAM: 8gb of i-don’t-even-remember
    GfX: GeForce GTX 460
    Storage: a 60GB Crucial SSD (just for Windows 7 and Photoshop); and a 600GB WD drive (for everything else)
    PSU: Antec Blue something-or-other
    Case: No clue. It has a side window and blue LED tubes down the front. I took out some of the front panels and built a little wall out of Legos because potato.

    Other: My last major system upgrade/overhaul was about a year ago. I get a 7.2 on the Windows Experience Index, and startup time from Boot to Desktop is just shy of a minute. So while my system is far from optimal, I really don’t have anything to complain about.

    • slowriot
    • 6 years ago

    I have a mini-ITX rig I use as my primary desktop, but it often finds itself on the go. The PC I really couldn’t live without is my laptop though.

    Processor: Core i5-3570K cooled by a Corsair H90
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77N-Wifi
    Memory: 2x8GB Corsair DDR3-1600
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD7870
    Storage: 1x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, 1x WD Black 750GB (2.5″)
    PSU: SeaSonic SSR-550RM
    Case: Lian-Li PC-TU200

    • mocliamtoh
    • 6 years ago

    [b<]Motherboard[/b<]: ASUS P8Z67-M pro [b<]CPU[/b<]: i5 2500k [b<]Memory[/b<]: 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3-1600 [b<]GPU[/b<]: Sapphire Radeon HD6870 [b<]Storage[/b<]: 1x 96GB Kingston V+100, 1x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3, 1x 2TB WD Caviar Green [b<]PSU[/b<]: Seasonic S12II 520W modular [b<]Case[/b<]: Silverstone Sugo SG03 Given how much Techreport stresses how important peripherals are, I'd be remiss to not post mine. [b<]Mouse[/b<]: Logitech M500 [b<]Keyboard[/b<]: Logitech G710+ [b<]Monitors[/b<]: 2x TN 22" 1680x1050, 1x old 17" 1280x1024

    • chuckula
    • 6 years ago

    Mine wears bifocals.

    Oh… THOSE specs.

    CPU: 4770K @ 4.7GHZ.
    CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60.
    RAM: 32 GB Patriot DDR3-2133.
    Soundcard: Asus Xonar DX.
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX-770.
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pros @ 512GB (2x), Blu-Ray reader/DVD burner optical drive.
    PSU: Silverstone Strider 750w.
    Case: Fractal Define XL-R2.
    Case Fans: Cougar CF‑V14HP 140mm fans (x4).
    OS: Arch Linux.

    • CampinCarl
    • 6 years ago

    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
    Processor: Core i7 3770
    RAM: 2×8 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
    SSD: Samsung 830 128GB SSD
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
    Graphics: Gigabyte HD7950 3GB “Windforce”
    PSU: OCZ ModXStream 600W
    Case: Antec P280
    OS:Win 7 Pro x86-64 / various VMs

      • rpjkw11
      • 6 years ago

      MOBO: Asus Z87 Hero
      CPU: I7 4770K @ 4.2
      RAM: 2×4 GSkil Ares DDR3-1600
      SSD (1): Samsung 840 Pro 256gb
      SSD (2): Samsung 840 Pro 256gb
      HDD: Western Digital Black Caviar 1TB
      GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4gb ACX
      CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Primo
      HSF: Phanteks PH-TC14PE
      PSU:Seasonic SSP-650RT

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